St. Luke’s Hospice is encouraging people who have lost loved ones to access its free bereavement support services.
With Basildon being significantly affected by the coronavirus, the charity is reminding people that its bereavement support services are available to all who need it, including those who have been affected by the coronavirus.
The Dove Bereavement Service supports adults aged 18 and over, whilst it’s dedicated Lukes’ service is for children and young people from the age of four. Both services are available to anyone living in the districts of Basildon and Thurrock.
Through the Lukes’ service for children and young people, Family Support Workers are on hand to support the whole family. They can advise and signpost the adults in the family into other services themselves, or support families to support their child.
While it is not possible to provide these services face to face in the current climate, the charity’s team of counsellors and support workers can support people over the telephone, via video calling or through the use online platforms such as Zoom.
Sharon Quinn, Director of Care and Quality at St. Luke’s Hospice, said:
“We know that now more than ever it’s important for people to have access to professional counselling support when they need it.
“Losing someone close to you, whether it’s a member of your family, friend or colleague, can be devastating and may be particularly difficult to come to terms with during the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to facing a bereavement, many young people may be struggling with their school being closed, the inability to see friends and anxiety because of the pandemic.
“We would encourage anyone who may need support to get in touch – our teams are ready to take your call.”
For more information about the support available, call St. Luke’s Hospice on 01268 524973. You can also find out about the wide range of services available online at www.stlukeshospice.com.