Of­fer­ing sup­port for be­reaved fam­i­lies

THIS week is Dy­ing Mat­ters Week, or­gan­ised by the Dy­ing Mat­ters Coali­tion to en­cour­age peo­ple to talk openly about dy­ing, death and be­reave­ment, so Sue Ry­der Thorpe Hall Hospice is invit­ing peo­ple to visit or call the hospice to find out more about its be

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

SUE Ry­der Thorpe Hall Hospice has been serv­ing the com­mu­nity of Peter­bor­ough for more than 20 years, pro­vid­ing long-term and end of life care for peo­ple liv­ing with a life-lim­it­ing con­di­tion as well as sup­port­ing their fam­ily and car­ers.

The hospice pro­vides a range of ser­vices from day and respite care to pre and post-be­reave­ment sup­port.

In par­tic­u­lar the be­reave­ment team of­fers sup­port to any­one who has lost some­one who has stayed at the hospice, help­ing them to come to terms with their grief.

Jane Pope, Be­reave­ment Co­or­di­na­tor at the Sue Ry­der Thorpe Hall Hospice, com­mented: “I have been work­ing as a Be­reave­ment Co­or­di­na­tor at Thorpe Hall for more than five years and it doesn’t mat­ter how many peo­ple I have seen in all that time, each time I start a new jour­ney with the per­son I am try­ing to help.

“Ev­ery per­son is dif­fer­ent and re­acts in a dif­fer­ent way to the sor­row of los­ing some­one they loved deeply. Com­ing to terms with the idea of death is al­ways dif­fi­cult.

“At one end of the spec­trum you find peo­ple who keep them­selves ex­tremely busy so that they don’t have time to think about their loss.

“At the other end there are peo­ple who are so over­whelmed by the pain and dis­tress that they don’t even want to get out of bed. What I try to do is to help peo­ple to find a bal­ance be­tween these two ex­tremes.

“It is good to keep busy, but at the same time it is also im­por­tant to find a space where you are in touch with your feel­ings and if needed al­low your­self to cry, to pour out your sad­ness.

“If some­one in­stead wants only to stay home and is try­ing to shut the rest of the world out, I will en­cour­age them step by step to see fam­ily and friends as mix­ing with other peo­ple can be good and help free the mind.

“I think peo­ple in Bri­tain gen­er­ally find it dif­fi­cult to talk about death and dy­ing, but it is im­por­tant to try to do so.

“Talk­ing with fam­ily and friends about our mem­o­ries and the time spent to­gether with the per­son who died can be hugely com­fort­ing.

“Death is part of life, but it is so dif­fi­cult to ac­cept the idea of dy­ing as we would like the peo­ple we love to stay with us for ever”.

Any­one who would like to re­ceive more in­for­ma­tion about the be­reave­ment ser­vices avail­able at Sue Ry­der Thorpe Hall Hospice should con­tact Jane Pope on 01733 330060 or email jane.pope@suery­der­care.org

Sue Ry­der ser­vices are funded through a com­bi­na­tion of statu­tory fund­ing, per­sonal fund­ing and vol­un­tary do­na­tions. The ma­jor­ity of this has to come from vol­un­tary do­na­tions, please con­tact the staff at the hospice on 01733 330060 if you would like to make a do­na­tion or send a cheque to the Fundrais­ing Of­fice, Thorpe Hall Hospice, Thorpe Road, Peter­bor­ough, PE3 6LW.

SUP­PORT: Jane Pope

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