Wherever a family is in their journey, our team of highly trained counsellors and therapists are able to offer each member of the family a wide range of emotional support services.

Our counsellors meet with families in the hospice and also visit the family home, using a variety of techniques to provide emotional care and support. Whether one-on-one or in a group, the emotional support we provide will be tailored to each individual’s needs and may include music, art or play alongside more traditional forms of counselling.

Counselling sessions are tailored to the family member’s needs and give them the time and space to talk about issues that are affecting their day to day lives.

In addition to one-to-one counselling, we also offer support groups where parents, siblings and carers can get together with others facing the same challenges as them. Our Men’s group, Siblings Group and Parent and Carer Support group are co-ordinated by our Care and Counselling Teams.

Kev Benson, in-house Counsellor

"No one can anticipate quite how they will feel or react when they are on the journey to losing a child most people describe a ‘rollercoaster’ of emotions, ranging from numbness to furious anger, profound sadness to perhaps a certain relief. While there is no "right" or “wrong” way of coping, our groups give fathers the opportunity to open up and express their feeling with others who have also experienced life changing losses."

Dad group member

"The group sessions are a chance to talk if you want to, but you don’t have to. You can say how you are feeling and what you are going through. Sometimes it can be difficult to talk about the situation with your partner so it’s good to have the other guys to talk to.”