The Bereavement Counselling Service

If you have experienced the death/loss of someone who was very important to you, you might be finding it very difficult to adjust to the immense changes happening in your life right now. Grief can shake everything up - your beliefs, your personality, and even your sense of reality.

Bereavement is the time we spend adjusting to loss. There is no standard time limit and there is no right or wrong way to feel during the bereavement period - everyone must learn to cope in their own way.

Grief, although normal, can manifest in a huge range of unexpected ways. Some people get angry, some people withdraw further into themselves and some people become completely numb. Sometimes, grief can turn into something more serious - like depression.

Bereavement counselling may be able to provide support during these very difficult times. Talking about the loss often allows a person to adjust to their new life with all its changes - good and bad. Keeping things bottled up or denying the sadness could prolong the pain. Any loss has to be acknowledged for us to move forward. Bereavement counselling tries to help you find a place for your loss so you can carry on with life and eventually find acceptance.

Our Service

We provide one to one Counselling with individuals aged over 18.

Our service is free of charge to residents of the London Borough of Hillingdon and is open to people who have been bereaved or have suffered a loss, which entails the grieving process. Counselling offers a safe and confidential environment in which you can express and explore these feelings.

Our Counsellors will not give advice or try to solve your problems, rather they will help you to explore for yourself the issues that are troubling you and look at ways in which you can manage and cope with them.

We initially carry out an assessment to ensure that Counselling is right for you and then we allocate you a Counsellor dependant on your and the services availability. Counselling sessions last for 50 minutes and take place weekly at a regular time, day, with the same Counsellor.  Time slots are available Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am to 5pm; on Tuesday, the service is open from 9am to 9pm.

How do I access the Service?

If you feel that our service could be of benefit to you or to find out more information please call us on 0300 365 3300.

Further information on bereavement can be found at:

www.nhs.uk/Livewell/bereavement