Remember, you are not alone in your grief. In the Herefordshire Community, there’s a supportive space where you can openly share your experiences, unburden your thoughts, ask questions, and connect with empathetic individuals who truly understand what you’re going through.
Support from your community around grief
What we do:
At St Michael’s Hospice, we firmly believe that bereavement support should be accessible to everyone in the county, regardless of their affiliation with us. We recognise the immense value of ‘talking’ as a crucial part of the grieving process. Research has shown its positive impact, and we are committed to fostering a supportive community environment. That’s why we facilitate a variety of groups and events, encouraging our community members to come together and share their experiences. Our aim is to create a space where individuals can support one another, providing comfort and understanding during the challenging journey of grief.
Ways to get involved:
Available to anyone bereaved in Herefordshire, our range of free community-led bereavement groups and events are a chance to find solace and companionship during this challenging time and a great way to make new friends.
Our “come and chat” bereavement groups provide a warm and welcoming environment. These sessions are friendly, informal, and supported by our counselling team, offering you the opportunity to engage with like-minded individuals.
Our “Striders and Strollers” bereavement walking group, is casual, friendly, and perfect for adults and children of all ages, including your furry friends! It’s an informal setting where you can connect with like-minded individuals and share experiences.
Our bi-annual remembrance events are held in the Summer (Midsummer Lights) and Winter (Light up a Life) and are a great way to come and remember a loved-one together as a community.
New Days Choir is a community bereavement choir set up by St Michael’s Hospice. You don’t need any singing experience to join, just the desire to come and have fun.
If you need urgent support
Understanding that seeking help is essential, it’s crucial to remember you are not alone.
There are numerous groups and organisations available that might provide the assistance you need. Reach out, and support is within your reach.
Their Helpline is run by trained bereavement volunteers, who offer emotional support to anyone affected by grief.
They’ll give you space to talk about your feelings and how you’ve been coping. Their volunteers are completely non-judgemental and won’t share what you’ve told them with anyone else, unless you are in danger.
You can call them for free on 0808 808 1677
- Monday: 9.30am-5pm
- Tuesday: 9.30am-8pm
- Wednesday: 9.30am-8pm
- Thursday: 9.30am-8pm
- Friday: 9.30am-5pm
Call 0800 090 2309* to find out more about being matched with a specially trained telephone volunteer who’ll give you regular bereavement support.
*Calls are free. Their Support Line is open 8am-6pm Monday to Friday and 11am-5pm on Saturday. This service is available for adults aged 18 or above.
Whatever you’re going through, you can call the Samaritans free any time, from any phone, on: 116 123.
Their phoneline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
They offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you.
They won’t judge you or tell you what to do, they’ll listen to you.