Of all the losses faced in life the death of a child, partner, parent, other family member or friend can leave the deepest feelings of loneliness and pain. Whilst grief and loss are a normal part of life there may be times when it feels as if there is no way through. Many people do not require support or counselling to help them deal with their grief. Others, though, do benefit from more structured professional bereavement support. We hope the following information will be of use to you in understanding what is available and how to access it.
The Bereavement Support Service provides support to both:
- Those bereaved by the death of somebody who had been cared for by the Hospice services.
- Those bereaved by the death of somebody where there had been no previous contact with Milford. (This is resource dependant).
The full impact of the bereavement may occur at any time, even years after the death. Contact may be made with the service as and when the need arises, it is not confined to time.
There are a number of ways to access the services:
- Bereavement Information Evenings, providing information on grief and bereavement and the support services available, are held four times per year, on the 4th Tuesday of February, May, August and November from 7.00pm to 8.30pm in the Education Department at Milford Care Centre. These evenings are open to any person to attend to hear more about grief.
- Parent Information Evenings; specifically for parents grieving the death of their child, are offered in Milford Care Centre in conjunction with Anam Cara, (a national charity which supports bereaved parents). These are offered several times per year.
Bereavement counselling and support is available through a number of avenues:
- Individual bereavement support; which may be a one-off session or regular meetings over a period of time. This is available to adults who are grieving the death of someone close.
- Telephone support; may be available for people who are unable to travel to Milford Care Centre.
Bereavement Support Groups for Adults; take place in Milford Care Centre, one evening a week over a six or seven week period. The groups are offered according to the loss a person has experienced:
- For those bereaved by the death of a spouse/partner.
- For parents grieving the death of a child.
- For adults grieving the death of a parent.
- A monthly drop-in group for those who have attended a bereavement spouse/partner group.