Bereavement Counselling

Free Bereavement Counselling Service for patients, their carers, families and friends.

Our aim is to provide counselling to the people in our geographically defined area, who are experiencing a long term illness or have lost someone close within the last five years. We also offer anticipatory grief counselling for those supporting someone wo has been diagnosed with a life limiting condition.

You will be seen at our comfortable ‘home from home’ counselling cabin, our therapeutic space in the grounds of Jecca’s House. Here, we provide a safe, confidential place to talk. Your concerns will be heard in a non-judgemental, caring and respectful way.

Counselling for young adults

All our counsellors hold DBS and safeguarding certificates and are also qualified to work with young people (aged 12-18 years) who are bereaved. If the young person is under the age of 16 then we will ask for the parent, carer or school to be involved in the assessment and transport arrangements. Although our service is confidential, there are some circumstances when we will breach confidentiality; when the young person is at serious risk of harm to themselves or others and when the young person or another is at risk of harm from someone else.

Counselling for children

Play Therapy is available for for children aged 4-13 years, within our geographically defined area for those who have been touched by the loss of a friend, loved one, or family member.

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The Play Therapy Room at Jecca’s House

Many years experience

Our counsellors have many years experience between them.  We have a team of counsellors who receive on-going training and supervision according to BACP guidelines. They adhere to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Framework for Good Practice.

Informal Bereavement Support – Groups, activities and workshops

Our groups, activities and craft workshops are also open to anyone who has experienced bereavement within the last five years. These include our Bereavement Support Group, Jecca’s Bereavement Cafe, as well as the relaxation group, Men in Sheds and local walking group, for example. Please take a look here to see if anything takes your fancy and at our weekly timetable.

Although there is no charge for our service, we rely on donations to help cover our costs. Please donate what you are able to afford at the end of our arrangement.

You can refer yourself for counselling or be referred through your GP once three months have passed. If you think you or someone you know could benefit from our help please get in touch. If you would like to enquire about this service, please ring the Bereavement Services mobile: 07821 114696 where you will be asked to leave a message. Our counselling team will get back to you within 5 working days. Alternatively, you can email: to

Please note, we are not a crisis service, and if you feel you need immediate help, we would strongly recommend calling The Samaritans.

All our counsellors are members of the BACP and hold at least a LEVEL 4 in Therapeutic Counselling.

If I can give my sadness a voice, perhaps I can come to terms with my loss (a client receiving bereavement counselling)

-A counselling client

I just wanted to thank you for all you are doing for me, for making it safe to say things outside the home, for allowing me to see I don’t have to continually pretend everything is wonderful, it’s not a weakness to not be okay, and showing me how I can find a way out of the darkness I have been surrounded by for so long.

-A counselling client