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Emotional support

We understand that it can be overwhelming when a person is diagnosed with a life-limiting condition. Our Patient & Family Support Team is here to support patients and their loved ones through this difficult time.

Whilst our patient care is very important, the wellbeing of their families and carers is too. If they wish to keep in touch, our door is always open - during and beyond the patient’s illness. 

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We're here for you

You can self-refer or if you are a Health Professional, you can refer a patient via our Referral Form or by calling us on 01753 847300.

Counselling & bereavement support

We have a professionally trained team of paid and volunteer counsellors to help patients and their families with emotional and psychological support when adjusting to the diagnosis of a life-limiting condition. When someone has died, we provide bereavement support through individual or group sessions, arranged at a convenient time. For further information, please download our Pastoral Care, Counselling and Bereavement Support leaflet.

Spiritual support

We have a pastoral care team who provide emotional, psychological and spiritual support to help patients and their families. For those people with a religious faith or a non-religious belief, the team adopts a non-denominational approach. We also have an excellent local network of faith leaders and community representatives who are able to visit patients, if requested.

Children & families support

We have a team dedicated to supporting children and families who are referred to us. The serious illness or death of a parent can be devastating for children and young people, and brings multiple challenges into their lives. Thanks to a grant from BBC Children in Need, we have recruited two additional support workers with specialist skills for the better support of local children and families who are approaching or experiencing bereavement.

For further advice and information about supporting young people when experiencing bereavement click here.

Practical help

It can sometimes be confusing working out how to get the help one is entitled to. Our social workers are here to assist with any practical issues that arise and to liaise with voluntary and statutory agencies to support discharge from Thames Hospice. They can also suggest appropriate agencies for advice on benefits and funding for care packages.

You can find out more information about managing grief, stress and anxiety by clicking the links below.

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019
Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

“The counselling support I received from the Hospice was very important, and I am not sure I would be in the place that I am now without it."

- Tom

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