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Blog: National Grief Awareness Week – how talking can help

Here at Eden Valley Hospice, we understand better than most that life-limiting illnesses can affect not only the patient, but their network of family, friends and carers also.

As it’s National Grief Awareness Week, we’re taking this opportunity to remind our local community about the help and support we can give if you, or someone you know is struggling and needs some support.

We’re supporting the initiative as we share the campaign’s aims of raising awareness about the impact of grief, to normalise grief and get people talking, to break the taboo and make grief easier to talk about.

But, how can talking help? 

Talking with someone who is trained in counselling skills can help bring a new perspective or understanding. It can help you feel less confused and more confident about your personal situation.

Talking with a skilled listener about your thoughts and feelings can be more useful than trying to understand or analyse them in your head alone. Being well listened to can lead you to listen to yourself a little differently and this can bring about helpful changes in how you view the problem you are facing.

How can we help? 

At Eden Valley Hospice, our family support team are here to help and support our patients, their families and their carers. We can help manage the challenges in front of you, and help you feel more resilient and able to face the future with courage, all in the strictest confidence.

We can help when it feels as though things are falling apart and life is in turmoil, when you have to cope with change, face decisions and make plans for the future. We also offer help with a range of activities, including memory boxes, boxes of hugs and kisses, and writing about the future.

As well as counselling support, we also have spiritual care and social work services who can help those facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness and end of life care.

How can I get in touch? 

You can be referred to our family support team through your GP or other local health services, but you can also contact the hospice directly by calling 01228 810801.