Our bereavement service


  • Will help with any bereavement not just those from our own Hospice
  • Is friendly, independent and provides you with an experienced person to talk to
  • Takes referrals from everyone. You can ask for help yourself, your family or friends may ask us to support you or you might be referred by health and social care professionals.

Depending on your individual needs, we provide individual and group support:

  • Individual support lets you talk confidentially, either over the telephone or face to face. A trained counsellor will help you explore your feelings, develop coping strategies and adapt to your changing circumstances.
  • Group support is facilitated by trained volunteers and meetings are held across Lincolnshire. They are a safe, comfortable and friendly place where you can express your feelings and emotions.

Our team will help you deal with overwhelming feelings, they are there to listen.

The groups allow you to meet other bereaved people, and provide friendship and support.

Can I access a bereavement group?

Yes, we have the following groups available for people to attend:

Drop-in Groups

Group Day Time Address Coordinator
Boston Third Tuesday of each month 12-2pm Wigtoft Parish Hall, Main Road, Wigtoft, PE20 2NZ Robina Martin
Chapel St Leonards Every Wednesday 11am-1pm Village Hall, 28 Sea Road, Chapel St Leonards, PE24 5SA Wendy Singleton
Ruskington First and third Friday of each month 2-4pm Ruskington Garden Centre, Newton Lane, Ruskington, NG34 9EB Margaret Wiseman
Sleaford Second and fourth Thursday of each month 10-11.30am Barge and Bottle, 3 Carre Street, Sleaford, NG34 9EB Carole Wells & Elaine Rogers
South Hykeham Second and fourth Tuesday of each month 10-11.30am Pennells Garden Centre, Newark Road, South Hykeham, LN6 9NT Chris Calland
Sutton on Sea Every Thursday 12-2pm The Bacchus Hotel, 17 High Street, Sutton on Sea, LN12 2EY Valerie Ledden & Wendy Singleton

Follow-on Groups

Group Day/Time Address Coordinator Information
Bourne Every other Tuesday, 10am-12pm 41 North Street, Bourne, PE10 9AE Arthur Moore & Sheila Middleton Meet at the Wake House
Lincoln Every Tuesday, 1-3pm Our Lady of Lincoln Church, Laughton Way, Lincoln, LN2 2HE Brenda Page Quiz, bingo, raffle (£1 for tea, £1 for raffle)
Louth Every Thursday, 2-4pm St Barnabas Day Therapy Centre, Grimsby Road, Louth, LN11 0SX Ann Humphreys Discuss the past week, share baking, meal once a month
Gainsborough Every other Friday, 2-4pm St Barnabas Day Therapy Centre, Front Street, Morton, DN21 3AD Wilf Ellingworth & Marion Barnes Talk
Spalding Fourth Wednesday of each month, 7-9pm St Barnabas Day Therapy Centre, 2 Clover Way, Wygate Park, Spalding, PE11 3GD Ann Elwes & Maureen Scantlebury Game and quiz nights, cheese and wine night, discussion night, meals out
Sutton on Sea Last Friday of each month, 12-2pm The Bacchus Hotel, 17 High Street, Sutton on Sea, LN12 2EY Jean Coffey & Maria Dunning Speaker events, meet and talk
Sleaford First Thursday of each month, 10.30am Barge and Bottle, Sleaford, NG34 7TR Arthur Moore

Companions

Group Day/Time Address Coordinator Information
Boston Second Tuesday of the month, 1.30-3.30pm St Barnabas Hospice, Green Lane, Boston, PE21 9NB BBQs, quiz, speaker events, bring and buy sales, painting
Grantham Second Wednesday of the month, 7-9pm St Barnabas Day Therapy Centre, 86 Barrowby Road, Grantham, NG31 8AF Mary Howard Speaker events, quiz night, live entertainment
Lincoln First Thursday of every month, 7-10pm St Barnabas Day Therapy Centre, Hawthorn Road, Lincoln, LN2 4QX John Watson Outings, quiz, film and games nights, cheese and wine nights, meal out each month

For more information about the drop-in groups, call 01522 518 246.

How do I access the service?

You can self-refer to the Family Support Service by contacting 0300 020 0694, or a referral can be made on your behalf by a family member carer friend or other care professional. They will need to have your permission to do this.

If you would like further information about the services we provide please call a member of our team on 01522 518 225 or email family.support@stbarnabashospice.co.uk.

To download our patient information our Bereavement Support service, or to view the UK Care Guide’s advice on the 21 things you need to do when someone dies in the UK, simply click the relevant image below. You can find more information on the UK Care Guide website here.

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