St Barnabas Bereavement Helpline

Don’t grieve in isolation, call the new St Barnabas Bereavement Helpline

St Barnabas Bereavement Counsellors have opened a special helpline in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. As thousands of people are isolated and dealing with the death of a loved alone due to impact of Coronavirus, St Barnabas will offer a listening ear, and basic advice to anyone who feels unable to cope.

Call: 0300 303 1897

This new bereavement helpline will be open five days a week from 9am to 5pm and two evenings a week for anyone needing support in these unprecedented times. The Hospice counsellors will offer hints and tips on how to stay calm, manage anxiety and how to pay respects to a loved one when funerals cannot take place.

Tracy Tuffs says;

“ We are delighted that the Lincolnshire Community Foundation, who have received funds from the National Emergency Trust, has awarded St Barnabas Hospice with £6,000 to support the setting up of this helpline. We are extremely grateful for this vital help and support during a difficult time. These are uncertain times and we understand that people will be feeling more emotional and alone than normal. Our aim with this service is to use our expertise to support people when they will need it most. The calls will be taken by trained volunteer counsellors who would usually be working within the community holding group sessions. As these have stopped, we were keen to use their expertise to  support our community as more and more people will be experiencing grief and loss. Although this helpline will offer basic support, if we feel someone needs additional, more regular care we will refer them to the relevant service.”

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