A NEW free bereavement service is now available to help people in Droitwich who need support after the death of a loved one.

As an expert in the field, St Richard’s Hospice was chosen to lead and host the new Bereavement Support South Worcestershire service by the South Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group.

St Richard’s Hospice care director, June Patel, said: “The death of a loved one or close friend is one of the most difficult times in each of our lives. Whether this is expected, following a long term illness, or sudden and unexpected, the grieving process is deeply personal.

“The aim of the new bereavement support service is to provide people with information and links to organisations which may be able to offer help and guidance across a range of needs from practical issues to emotional support. The telephone helpline will also be very useful for those who would prefer to talk to someone.”

She added: “We are working closely with the hospitals, emergency services, GPs and other organisations to ensure they are aware of the new service and can direct people who may benefit from that support.”

There are four main strands to the new service. A countywide website at bereavementsupportworcestershire.org.uk, a telephone helpline on 01905 760934,a bereavement social worker and bereavement education and training for a wide range of organisations. In addition bespoke awareness sessions will be provided for the bereaved depending on individual need and circumstances.

For more information also visit strichards.org.uk