Family & Patient Support

Our Family & Patient Support Service offers psychological and emotional therapy, supporting patients and their families during their illness and into their bereavement.

The team have a background working with adults, children and have experience in supporting families when a special person in their life has a life-limiting illness or has died. In one-to-one, small or large groups, the team offer art psychotherapy, family sessions, counselling and therapeutic support.

At the family’s request the team link with schools, professionals and others involved in supporting young people. We provide opportunities for children and families to come together.


Samsara is our children and young people's bereavement service, helping them after the death of their parent. Working creatively to help children individually and in groups to explore and make sense of their emotions, developing ways of coping when things are confusing or difficult.

To find out more, please contact Family & Patient Support Services by calling 01823 333822 01935 709480 or email

Please note calls to and from the hospice may be recorded for training and quality purposes.

Supporting a child and young person when someone is not expected to live

When someone in the family has a life-limiting illness and is not expected to live, the prospect of breaking the news to children can be difficult and daunting especially if you are upset. This below information has been written to help parents and carers support their children through this difficult process.

Family & Patient Support Resource - Read 'Supporting a child and young person when someone is not expected to live' click here.

Are you looking for information on Carers Support? Please click here. 


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