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Project information

Hospice Bereavement Service

St Helena's Bereavement Service is the only one of its kind in our region and one in great demand. At times, as many as 50 local people need our support and we simply aren't able to help them. We want to bridge this gap.

12 months

Charity information: St Helena Hospice Limited

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  • Need


    At any one time, we have up to 50 people on our waiting list - that's 50 people trying to cope with the death of a loved one and in need of our expertise and support.


    Funding the Bereavement Service will enable us to support over 900 local people dealing with the death of a loved one. Over time, we also hope it will mean we can help more people by introducing a new post to triage patients more quickly and efficiently. This will enable us to deliver more counselling hours and allow us to use our expertise to support a range of people including those trying to cope the death of a loved one from suicide, murder or a road traffic accident.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To support more than 900 local people trying to cope with the death of a loved one


    » To focus our highly trained Counsellors on supporting those most in need
    » To develop a streamlined triaging and enquiries system which ensures all patients are dealt with consistently and promptly

    What success will look like

    We will record the number of people receiving bereavement counselling over a 12 month period and the number of counselling hours provided

  • Impact


    Receiving the right sort of bereavement support at the right time can have a huge, lasting impact on both individuals and families. It can affect their mental health and wellbeing, their ability to form positive relationships and can teach them how to cope with future traumatic and stressful situations. We will capture feedback from people who access our bereavement services, developing case studies about how our support has brought about long term change.


    1. One of our Counsellors leaves the organisation - we have robust training and management support in place to retain our skilled staff.
    2. We are not able to secure the finances to fund the existing service and/or the new Bereavement Triage Coorindator post - we are seeking funding from a range of sources including The Big Give.
    3. We are not able to recruit to the role of Bereavement Triage Coordinator once funding is secured - we will use our well established recruitment systems.


    We will report quantitative data e.g. the number of people supported, alongside real life stories of people who have been supported by the service and the impact it has had. Donors would also be welcome to visit the Hospice and meet the Bereavement Team and, where possible, their clients.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 Salary Part fund the costs of the Bereavement Team
  • Background


    The Bereavement Team members are based at the Hospice in Colchester and at the Tendring Centre in Tendring, Essex.


    Anyone facing bereavement in St Helena's catchment area of Colchester and Tendring - regardless of whether they have a connection to the Hospice or not.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    St Helena's Bereavement Service is the only one of its kind in our region. We have more than 30 years' experience of supporting people facing death, dying and loss and whilst our speciality is supporting those who have lost a loved one with incurable illness, our team are highly skilled in all types of pre- and post-bereavement support.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Bereavement Counsellors

    These highly skilled staff members will deliver counselling to local people facing bereavement

    Bereavement Manager

    This person will be responsible for line managing the Bereavement Counsellors and, when recruited, the new Bereavement Triage Coordinator


Will pay for a skilled Bereavement Counsellor for three hours

Through bereavement your world is changed. It is a pain like no other you have ever experienced. It’s overwhelming, you feel like you’re drowning and there’s panic.