Bereavement Support

Grieving is a very individual process, with the needs of each person being different and possibly changing over time.  Little Haven Palliative Care offers grief and bereavement support that assists with the loss and grief experiences before and after the death of a loved one.

Our support staff have experience dealing with bereavement issues and provide one on one support to any of Little Haven’s patients or families who wish to access help through the grieving process.

What grief and bereavement support is available?

  • Grief and bereavement counselling
  • One on one or join our support groups -Bereavement support groups meet regularly
  • Access to complementary therapies
  • Assistance in gaining access to specialist services if appropriate
  • Invitation to the annual remembrance services

Who has access to these services?

All families and significant others of Little Haven clients have access to our Bereavement Support Program.

All services are provided on a no fee basis.

Little Haven holds regular informal bereavement support groups at our centre that are open to anyone who has experienced loss and grief. Participants may attend whenever they wish free of charge.

Coping with loss is discussed in a supportive and confidential environment, facilitated by experienced bereavement support staff Sally and Lisa. Topics shared may include dealing with loneliness, understanding the grieving process, adjusting to life without your loved one, taking next steps and finding meaning and reinvesting in life.

Our Bereavement Support Staff : Sally McDonald and Lisa McAulay

Ten Ways to Help the Bereaved

Be present and attentive to the bereaved person.
Allow for moments of silence and reflection.
Listen in a non-judgemental and accepting way .
Avoid the use of cliches such as ‘Think of all the good times’, ‘You can always have another child’ .
Mention the deceased person’s name and encourage the bereaved person to talk about them.
Offer practical and emotional support e.g. by minding children or cooking a meal.
Understand that tears are normal and healthy part of the grieving process.
Don’t try to fill in conversations with a lot of outside news.
Remember that grief may take years to work through.
Acknowledge anniversaries and dates of significance for the bereaved person.