Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice supporting bereaved people after new study

PUBLISHED: 12:43 15 December 2014 | UPDATED: 12:43 15 December 2014

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Picture: Getty Images/Lighthaunter


47 per cent of people say they would feel uncomfortable talking to someone who has been recently bereaved, according to a new study released by the Dying Matters Coalition this week.

The research has been released to coincide with the launch of Being There, a new Dying Matters campaign to support people with what to say and do after someone has been bereaved, including over the Christmas period.

The report has been backed by Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice, who offer a variety of services to support people who have been bereaved whilst their friend or relative was under the care of the Hospice, including individual counselling, group counselling and telephone support.

The Hospice’s telephone bereavement support service, which helps people who are struggling with bereavement to access the support they need, has helped nearly 2,500 people since it started, four years ago.

The hospice also provides additional support for carers and families through its bi-monthly drop in service, Stepping Stones, where bereaved people can socialise with others in a similar situation and access advice, support and relaxation therapies.

Kate Heaps, Chief Executive of Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice said: “We hope that the Hospice can really help people through what is very often a lonely and dark time; being there to talk, listen and provide support can make a real difference, particularly at this time of year, people often feel the impact of their bereavement, so if you know of a friend or neighbour who may have lost someone close to them, please do say ‘hello’ or ask how they are doing.”

Information on Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice’s Support and Counselling services can be found at


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