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CIRCLE Adult Bereavement Support

Our adult bereavement team offers a range of services designed to support your individual needs including:

  • Telephone support
  • 1 to 1 support
  • Counselling
  • Support groups
  • Information and advice
  • Bereavement Help Points

We accept referrals from six weeks after your bereavement and we offer 12 sessions per client (telephone, 1:1 support, and counselling).


How to access our service

You can self refer, or be referred, into our bereavement service. The easiest way to do this is using our online referrals portal.

We're able to accept referrals based upon the following criteria:

  • Bereavement support offered to Next of Kin or main carer of Farleigh patients
  • Other family members/carers/friends of Farleigh patients on request, via IPU, community teams or direct to the service
  • Any adult 18 or over who has experienced a significant bereavement and it is impacting upon their ability to manage their life
  • Must be registered with a GP in the mid Essex area covered by Farleigh Hospice*
  • Referrals generally not accepted until at least four weeks after a bereavement.

If you're unable or do not wish to complete an online referral, please download and complete the paper referral and self-assessment forms below and return to circle@farleighhospice.org or Farleigh Hospice, North Court Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 7FH.

For further information please contact us on 01245 457308


Introduction to bereavement

CIRCLE Online Bereavement Support Groups
Dates: Please email or call for availability
Location: Virtual - via zoom
Contact: 01245 457308 or circle@farleighhospice.org
Course length: 6 sessions

Circle adult bereavement support are pleased to announce online bereavement support groups, run by experienced facilitators, taking place over Zoom.

During the COVID pandemic we have moved our support groups, changing the way they are delivered.

Our groups are now offered online, if you are interested in taking part please email circle@farleighhospice.org or ring 01245 457308 to find out the details of our next group.

The groups are small, up to 7 people attending, and are welcoming, friendly and relaxed. Held over 6 sessions, they are facilitated by a member of staff and one of our trained volunteers.


CIRCLE Bereavement Help Points

We’re pleased to announce that our bereavement help points have now reopened.

This is an opportunity for anyone who has been bereaved to join an informal group to chat about your loss and the challenges you are facing. The group will be facilitated by our trained volunteers. You do not need to pre-register for the group, just come along on the day and join us. We look forward to welcoming you there.

Chelmsford Bereavement Help Point
Date: The second and fourth Tuesday of each month
Time: 10.30am to 12pm
Location: Sweet Pea Café, 74 Springfield Road, Chelmsford, CM2 6JY
Registration/booking: Not required
Further information: Email circle@farleighhospice.org or call 01245 457308

Witham Bereavement Help Point
Date: The first and third Friday of each month
Time: 10am to 11:30am
Location: The Tea Rooms, 46 Newland Street, Witham, CM8 2AR
Registration/booking: Not required
Further Information: Email circle@farleighhospice.org or call 01245 457308

Danbury Bereavement Help Point
Date: The first and third Thursday of each month
Time: 10:30am to 12pm
Location: Hudson's Coffee, Danbury Mission, 54 Maldon Road, Danbury, CM3 4QL
Registration/booking: Not required
Further information: Email circle@farleighhospice.org or call 01245 457308

Braintree Bereavement Help Point
Date: The second and fourth Monday of each month
Time: 10:30am to 12pm
Location: Brambles Restaurant (within Quadrant), 9-15 George Yard, Rayne Road, Braintree, CM7 2QA
Registration/booking: Not required
Further information: Email circle@farleighhospice.org or call 01245 457308

Under 50s Chelmsford Help Point
Date: Starting 21st October
Time: 7pm to 8:30pm
Location: The Breakfast Club, Unit 2, 219 Moulsham St, Chelmsford, CM2 0LR
Registration/booking: Not required
Further information: Email circle@farleighhospice.org or call 01245 457308

Bereavement Open Group
Date: The third Wednesday every month
Time: 7pm-8:30pm
Location: Farleigh Hospice, North Court Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 7FH
The group: We offer mutual support for all adults over 18 years of age who have had a significant bereavement. The openness of the group enables members to share experiences, learn from others and access support. No member is expected to contribute, only when they feel able to.
Registration/booking: Not required
Further information: Email circle@farleighhospice.org or call 01245 457308