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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.

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

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 circle@farleighhospice.org or Farleigh Hospice, North Court Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 7FH.

Circle Bereavement Referral Form
Self-Assessment Form
Circle Referral Criteria

For further information please contact us on 01245 457308


Yo-Yo

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.

Yo-Yo Seriously Ill Referral Form
Yo-Yo Bereavement Referral Form
Yo-Yo Referral Criteria

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 yoyoproject@farleighhospice.org or call 01245 457416.


GriefChat

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.