Bereavement support

Our caring and supportive team is here for you following the death of a loved one. Our different forms of support are designed to give you a safe space to explore and talk about your feelings with us by your side.

Helping you deal with the loss of a loved one

We understand that everyone’s loss is individual to them, and we will work alongside you to normalise upsetting emotions and offer helpful strategies to assist you in navigating your grief.

All our bereavement support services listed below are free of charge and can be accessed by anyone who has lost a loved one – you don’t have to have an association with our hospices to use these services.

Bereavement & Grief

Face-to-face bereavement support

Drop-in sessions

Our Bereavement Help Points take the form of a monthly drop-in space for anyone who has been bereaved. We offer a relaxed and supportive group environment for conversations, peer support, signposting and refreshments.

There is no requirement to contact us beforehand, or book in advance, although we’re happy to chat with you to tell you more and confirm if this service is right for you. These bereavement support sessions run for 2 hours and you can arrive and leave to suit you. We are currently running sessions at the following venues and times:

Treverbyn Hall near St Austell, held on the first Monday of each month (unless this falls on a bank holiday – please call 01726 829874 to check the date), from 10.00am to midday 12.00pm

Mount Edgcumbe Hospice, St Austell on the third Friday of each month, from 10.30am to 12.30pm

Cornwall Hospice Care Neighbourhood Hub, Chapel Street, Redruth on the third Thursday of each month, from 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Please check our Events Calendar for upcoming session dates and times or call us on 01726 829 874.

“The people are amazing. They listen and we chat lots​. It’s very informal, useful signposting and coffee – thank you​.”

“I came to the Bereavement Help Point this morning and I wanted to say thank you. I was made to feel really welcome and people were really friendly. Although I was tearful, I found it has really helped me. I will definitely come back.”

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Walking groups

If you are a bereaved adult and enjoy walking with some company, then our Walk Talk Kernow sessions could be for you. Each event supports social connections with others who are also experiencing grief, whilst you enjoy the fresh air and nature around you. We usually stroll for 1 to 2 miles and end our walk somewhere where we can enjoy a drink and perhaps some cake too.

There is no requirement to contact us beforehand, or book in advance, although we’re happy to chat with you to tell you more and confirm if this service is right for you.

Our team organise regular bereavement support walks all around Cornwall, so please join us and allow nature to help guide you through the grieving process, step-by-step.

Please check our Events Calendar for upcoming walk dates and times or call us on 01726 829 874.

“Gentle, undemanding, easy walking. Altogether refreshing and pleasant with no pressure to ‘talk’ but a listening ear available – Thank you​.”

“Being by the sea, the walk, the seals – being outside always helps. Caring people to talk to as much or as little as I needed. Conversation about bereavement and many other topics.”

One-to-one bereavement support

Bereavement Support by telephone

Our Listening Ear Service is available to anyone living in Cornwall who has experienced the recent death of a loved one.

Although not a counselling service, we are able to offer free information, support and signposting via the telephone for 6 calls of up to an hour each.

You can self-refer or a loved one can do this for you – call us on 01726 829 874 or send an email to communityservices@cornwallhospice.co.uk – one of our team will answer your call or email to find out more about you and ensure this is the right service for you and work with you to arrange the support calls at a time to suit you.

Our dedicated and compassionate team will be your listening ear on the six support calls.

“These calls have helped me, to be myself, make choices, you have suggested new things. The help you have given me has enabled me to make changes.”

“I enjoyed my calls with Clare, she was very understanding and passionate about the help she gave me. I looked forward to our sessions together. I felt comfortable to open up to her. Thanks so much.”

Online Referral Form Printable Referral Form

Other useful bereavement support resources

As well as all of the services already mentioned to support you through your grief, we also have some online bereavement support resources available whenever you need them, which you may find useful:

  • Useful Links Directory

    Head to our Useful Links Bereavement & Grief section to see a range of trusted organisations that can provide support.

  • Community Sharing Space

    We also host a Facebook Group called the ‘Community Sharing Space with Cornwall Hospice Care’ for those who are bereaved, feeling socially isolated, for carers and those who are coping with a long-term illness.

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