Bereavement service

You can use our bereavement service if a family member or friend has died while under the care of Countess Mountbatten House. It's led by social workers alongside palliative care sisters and trained volunteers.

We offer bereavement support, a telephone service, relatives evenings, and partners groups.

Relatives evening

We hold a relatives evening every month where you can talk about your bereavement, run by experienced volunteers and professionals. You will be invited to an evening two and four months after the death of your family member.

Partners group

We hold a group for bereaved partners aged under 65 each spring and autumn. You will be invited for a series of eight sessions, once a fortnight on a Wednesday evening.

We have another group for partners over 65, held once a month on Thursday afternoons. You'll be invited to attend in the third month after your partner's death, and can attend for 12 sessions. We have a speaker on a different topic around living along and bereavement each session.

Telephone support

We'll try to contact you after the death of a family member at least once by telephone. This call will be made by a trained volunteer or social worker, and is usually about eight weeks after the death. We might have more contact with you if you need it.

Individual bereavement support

We can offer individual bereavement support if you're finding it difficult to cope with your grief. A social worker will meet you, usually monthly, to talk through what is happening and find ways to cope with the changes you're going through.

Children and young people

It can be difficult to know what to say to children and young people when a relative has died. Our social workers can help by

  • providing reading and other materials to help children understand and cope with what is happening
  • talking with parents about how they might approach this
  • working directly with the children themselves, where parents find this too difficult.