Bereavement Service

What does it do?

Supporting you in bereavement.
The death of someone close to us may be the most devastating and overwhelming experience that will ever happen to us.  We will all react differently to the death of someone close, and there are no right or wrong ways to cope.  The grief that follows a loss is not an illness but a normal human journey during which the bereaved person adapts to living without their loved one.
St Michael's Bereavement Service provides support for individuals who are bereaved and in need of extra support during this difficult period of grief.  Individuals will be offered an initial appointment to talk through how their bereavement is impacting on them and we will explain what we are able to provide.  Bereavement support can be given through one-to-one support or in a group.

Who it is for?

Anyone can access the service by telephone on 01424 456361.

Where it is available?

Local service (Eastbourne, Hastings, Lewes, Wealden, Brighton & Hove, Rother).

How to access or apply for it:

Accessing the service
Anyone can access the service by telephone on 01424 456361.  While we accept all self-referrals, we also take referrals from medical professionals, hospice staff, mental health services and social services either by phone, letter or the Bereavement Referral form.

What to expect then:

One-to-one support
One-to-one support is agreed at a time that is convenient for both parties and this can include evening appointments up until 7pm.  It will be at the same time each week with the same bereavement supporter.  Bereavement Support can last from six weeks to 3 months or longer if required.

Group support
A bereavement support group lasting ten weeks is also available for people who prefer to talk to others who are going through a similar experience.  The group combines information about the process of grief as well as providing emotional support and somewhere to share thoughts and feelings with others.


Info last updated:

25 Upper Maze Hill, St. Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN38 0LB