Bereavement Support

When a person is admitted to our Hospice In-Patient Unit at Somerton House, they are cared for by our multi-disciplinary care team.

As part of that team, our Social Workers provide valuable emotional support to patients as well as their families and friends.

This care is extremely important during the heart-breaking time when someone is facing the end of their life.

How We Provide Support

Following the death of a loved one in the Northern Ireland Hospice we are available to help and support you through this period in your life.

We have different ways of helping.

Individual support

We can meet with you on a one-to-one basis, offering up to six one-hour counselling sessions that allow you to talk about the impact of your grief.

We can provide coping strategies to help you deal with the emotions you are experiencing.


Group meetings for adults

Our Bereavement Groups provide an opportunity to talk to others in a relaxed environment with the guidance of our social workers who can help the group with the skills and methods needed to manage their grief.

Bereavement support for children and young people

We provide bereavement support for children and help address issues that may concern them or their parents/ carers during their grief.

We talk openly about death, dying and loss and feelings – and how best to manage these.

We understand that children grieve differently from adults, and we use a variety of ways to help them. We can give information and workbooks for the family to use or plan individual sessions with the child or young person.

We want to ensure a child does not feel isolated in grief and they open up communication with family members to help make the grieving process a normal part of life.

Bereavement Cafe

As part of our Bereavement Support services, we host a monthly Bereavement Café on the first Wednesday of every month at the Old School House, located beside NI Hospice, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. 

Our monthly Bereavement Café serves as a drop-in group aiming to bring together individuals from across Northern Ireland, offering mutual support and encouragement to those navigating grief and loss.

This safe space welcomes everyone, irrespective of prior involvement with NI Hospice.

No appointment is necessary; simply drop in and join us. All are welcome to attend and find solace in community support.


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