2018 has continued the trend of being very busy and a time of change. The department has expanded to include our Family Support Team, who look after carers, family and friends in the patients last few months and weeks.

Family Support

The family support team has been busy providing counselling, carers groups, support work and social work activities, both here and across the community. A very well received carers week of activities took place in June and the team offer HOPE (Help Overcoming Problem Effectively) courses during the year for patients and carers.

Circle

A new development this year is our ‘What’s Next’ group. The group will run over three sessions and is aimed at helping with the process of finding a way forward and answering some of the difficult questions including: What can I do now? How will I do it?

Also, this year we have changed our art and craft activity to run once a month on a Monday afternoon, to coincide with the open support group. This means you can spend the morning in the support group, have lunch and then have a fun and creative afternoon. If you would like more information please call: 01245 457308.

YoYo

I am pleased to say that our education workshops for schools has now trained over 300 staff to provide support in schools to children and young people facing a loss or bereavement.

Referrals to the service increased by 23% in the last year, but the team have worked hard to ensure all children are assessed and supported as quickly as possible.

If you would like more information please call: 01245 257416 or visit: www.farleighhospice.org/bereavement