St. Clare’s Hospice offers a bereavement service for adults in the South of Tyne area. We have a dedicated team of qualified Counsellors who are all volunteers. They are all members of the BACP. The team consists of female and male Counsellors and hold sessions at both the Hospice site in Jarrow and at the Cleadon Park Centre in South Shields.
What is Bereavement Counselling?
Bereavement Counselling is a service which gives you the opportunity to talk to someone in a safe and confidential environment allowing you to be able to explore your feelings and to develop coping strategies during a difficult time.
How can I refer to the service?
Referrals can be made by:
- Members of the Hospice team
- A self-referral
- A family member
- G.P or any Health Professional working with the client
The client must have been bereaved for at least 8 weeks to allow time for natural bereavement to take place and must also have given consent before any referral can be made.
All referrals can be made via telephone, e-mail, post or fax.
Telephone number: 0191 451 6378
Fax: 0191 451 6356
What happens next?
Following a referral the Hospice team will carry out an initial assessment to determine whether the service can help.
Confirmation of the referral will then be sent to the client within one week of referral and their name added to the waiting list. The most appropriate counsellor will then be assigned to the client. The counsellor once allocated will be in touch with the client to arrange their first session.
How many sessions will I have?
For your first visit you will be invited for an assessment session. Sessions are usually 10 weeks but this can vary from person to person. A contract will be agreed between client and counsellor and this will be reviewed when nearing 10 weeks. The sessions last for about 50 minutes each time.