As coronavirus cases increase in Suffolk, St Elizabeth Hospice is expanding its services to cope with increased demand in emotional wellbeing and bereavement support in the wider community.
'Our emotional wellbeing enquiry line is available for anyone who is impacted by the current crisis or grief, regardless of whether they have accessed the hospice before or not. The support line provides access to a member of the team who can help find an appropriate service to meet the needs of the individual, from 9am–4pm, 7 days a week.
The team are able to provide 1:1 counselling, family support and group support. They specialise in working with clients that are impacted by a life limiting illness and those affected by a bereavement.
There is further bereavement support and information resources on our website, including a third party service called GriefChat where individuals can speak directly with a specially trained bereavement counsellor through instant online chat.
We also recognise that this is a challenging time for children and young people and that they may respond to grief or the death of a grandparent or loved one differently. Therefore, St Elizabeth Hospice are launching a new 565 Service providing emotional support to 5-18 year olds. Information, top tips and activities to help parents and schools support children through their loss during the pandemic is also available.
The phone line and 565 service is available to all on 01473 707999 or visit the website for lots of useful information and resources.'