Bereavement Hub relaunched
Date of release: 9 March 2023
People who have been affected by the death of a loved one can benefit from face-to-face support again following the relaunch of a dedicated Bereavement Hub in Wolverhampton.
The New Cross Hospital Bereavement Information Hub is relaunching on Friday 10 March. Situated in the Seminar Room of the Heart and Lung Centre, it will host people on the second Friday of every month between 10.15am-11.45am. Refreshments are available, as is free parking.
Elisha Frimpong Community Engagement Co-Ordinator, Compton Care, and from RWT's Patient Experience Team, Eleanor Morris, Deputy Head of Patient Experience, Callum Butler, Patient Experience Advisor, and Kerry Fletcher, Patient Experience Support Officer
It will be hosted by The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust’s (RWT) partners Compton Care in collaboration with the Patient Experience Team from the Trust and trained volunteers.
This initiative was suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic, but following discussions, it has been re-introduced as a partnership between the palliative and end of life care charity and RWT.
The hub will provide a safe space where people can come together to share their stories. Anyone experiencing bereavement is welcome.
Compton Care, which already runs Bereavement Information Hubs, virtually and in several locations across the city, has also launched an out-of-hours hub at its site in Compton.
The new hubs have been introduced in response to feedback and will allow new audiences to access this support.
Karen Evans, Business and Partnership Development Manager at Compton Care, said: “Everybody’s experience of grief is different, but many find talking can help.
“These peer-support groups allow you to speak freely about your loved one and your experience of grief with others who understand first-hand how you might feel and without judgement.
“Taking place in new locations and at a range of times to meet the needs of the community, we are hoping that our new hubs will allow even more people in Wolverhampton to access bereavement support as and when they need it.”
Jenny Jones, Specialist Nurse – Bereavement/Lead Medical Examiner Officer at RWT, said: “It’s important we recognise that everybody responds and reacts differently following a bereavement.
“For some people, talking about their experiences of their bereavement can be helpful in processing the wide range of emotions and feelings often associated with grief.
“The Bereavement Information Hubs offer a safe, non-judgemental space where people have the opportunity to talk about their feelings and share their experiences with others who may be feeling similar.
“We’re really pleased to have the opportunity to host a Bereavement Information Hub within the hospital. This will allow for more people to access this vital support, as well as raising awareness within the organisation of the importance of bereavement care.”
The out-of-hours sessions take place at The Space at Compton Care, starting from Saturday 1 April. They are held on the first Saturday of every month from 10am-11.30am and the first Monday of every month from 6pm-7.30pm.
Hubs are free to attend, open to all and there is no need to book. For more information call Compton Care’s Advice and Referral Line on 01902 774570.
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