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Experiencing the loss of a family member can be extremely distressing. Our Bereavement Support team are on hand to help you through the emotional impact of grief.

Service Update

Please note that both Circle and Yo-Yo Services are still operating. We have had to amend the service we offer and if you need more information contact us by email or on the office number(s) shown below. We are not currently offering face to face activities.

The service operates during office hours (9am-5pm), Monday to Friday. You are welcome to leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

If you would like immediate support you can access online help at Grief Chat. Please scroll down to the bottom of the page for details.

Revised bereavement service referral criteria

We have revised and updated the referral criteria to both Circle and Yo-Yo Project services to reflect the changes in service provision brought about by the COVID 19 pandemic. New versions of the referral criteria are below. When referring to the service please read the criteria and contact us if you have any questions.

Mark Cobbin
Head of Bereavement

We recognise that bereavement affects everyone differently, so we offer a range of support options to best suit you or your family members. We provide support for anyone who lives in the mid Essex area; you do not need to have a previous connection with Farleigh.

CIRCLE Adult Bereavement Support

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

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

Simply complete the referral and self-assessment forms below and return to or Farleigh Hospice, North Court Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 7FH.

For further information please contact us on 01245 457308

Yo-Yo Bereavement Support for Children & Young People

Yo-Yo is a community bereavement service for children and young people aged 4 to 18. The service is partly funded by Children in Need.

We offer a range of support options including:

  • 1 to 1 support
  • Counselling/art therapy
  • Group work:
    • Mini HUB (Help Understanding Bereavement) - a 5 week course for 7 -11 year olds, looking at bereavement, how it’s affected you and to meet with others in a similar situation
    • Outdoor activity days
    • Art gallery
    • Family meal
    • Memorial service
    • Workshops for parents and carers to understand the impact of loss and bereavement and how to support your child/young person

Our team also holds workshops for school staff several times a year, to share techniques and strategies to support bereaved children.

Pre-bereavement referrals are accepted when someone significant in a child/young person has a life-limiting illness. Bereavement referrals are accepted from 6 weeks after the death.

Professionals and parents can refer with the consent of the child/young person by completing one of the forms below. Young people can refer themselves if competent to do so.

If you are a parent or professional and would like information please call us on 01245 457416 (no referral form required).

For more information on the Yo-Yo service please email or call 01245 457416.

Additional information & resources

For a handbook of resources and additional information available to download please click here.

Online Support Groups for Single Parents

Our support groups for single parents will take place over 7 weeks (6 weekly sessions with a one week break) and cover topics related to the impact of bereavement on child behaviour and development, understanding grief, coping mechanisms and improving communication.

We will also look at how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted families and ways they can cope. We hope these groups will enable participants to meet other single parents who are going through similar experiences and help to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Dates: 26th Jan, 2nd Feb, 9th Feb, 23rd Feb, 2nd March, 9th March
7.30 – 8.30pm

Places are limited so please let us know ASAP if you would like to join us by contacting Sue Jeffery on 01245 457416, or by emailing


GriefChat was created by bereavement experts and by clicking on the GriefChat box, you can chat directly to a specially trained bereavement counsellor. GriefChat counsellors are experienced in supporting bereaved people and will listen to your story, explore how your grief is affecting you and help you to find any additional support you might need. GriefChat is a completely free service and is available Monday-Friday, 9am-9pm. You can email or message the Farleigh Hospice Bereavement Team or GriefChat outside of these hours.

GriefChat provides emotional support for bereaved people, access to trained bereavement counsellors and referral on to Farleigh Hospice specialist bereavement services.

Please be aware that GriefChat is a 3rd party service and you will not be speaking to a Farleigh Hospice counsellor, staff member or volunteer.