Bereavement support

Our role is far from over when someone has died: we can also help people come to terms with their loss.

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Many of us welcome talking to others when a person who is close has died – and usually rely on friends and family. But sometimes it can help to talk to someone who is not so closely involved. This is where we can help.

We can provide support to anyone who is connected to the patient who has died – whether that is a friend, family member, carer or partner. The patient could have been receiving services as an inpatient, in day therapy or through our community services. We usually send a letter to the main carer or relatives within six weeks of the bereavement to offer support, but anyone who was close to the patient can refer themselves by contacting us direct.

We can provide bereavement support either at the hospice or in your home. This service is free, confidential and provided by professional hospice staff and trained, supervised volunteers.

Service of celebration and thanksgiving

We hold regular remembrance services, where the names of those who have recently died are read out and candles are lit in their memory. We send out invitations to family members, carers, friends or partners, and everyone connected to the patient is welcome to attend. Members of our team also attend the service and are available should you want to talk.

Light up a Life

Our annual Light up a Life appeal gives you the opportunity to celebrate the life of a loved one by dedicating a Christmas tree light to them during the festive period. As well as dedicating your light, you’re also invited to attend one of our Light up a Life services to see the lights switched on. Each dedication will be recorded in our Book of Honour and displayed throughout the festive period at our hospice sites and at Manchester Cathedral, and you’ll also receive a special card. For more information, please contact our Fundraising Team on 0161 498 3631.

For more information please contact our Patient and Family Support Team on 0161 498 3689.