New community service supports bereavement struggles

The service, which launched on Wednesday 1 July will support adults across the Wakefield District who are struggling with the loss of a loved one

Leaflet image of the Bereavement Support Service launched 1 July, 2020

The Wakefield and District Bereavement Service has been launched

The Wakefield & District Bereavement Service is commissioned by Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group and is being delivered by The Prince of Wales Hospice.

The service supports any adult across the district who is finding it difficult to cope with the loss of a significant other, regardless of how and where they died.

Kath Atherton, Bereavement Counsellor at the Hospice said: "Grief is one of the most painful of all life experiences. It can impact on how we sleep, eat, engage with friends, family and our enjoyment of usual interests and activities. Adjusting to living a very changed life, in healthy and helpful ways, may demand different ways of coping with our many thoughts and feelings."

The service is led by an experienced team of bereavement counsellors and volunteers with confidential support available in a variety of formats. Emotional and practical support can be provided through face-to-face sessions, over the phone, through video conferencing and at support groups across the district.

Jo Schofield, Head of Clinical Services at the Hospice said: "The Prince of Wales Hospice is delighted to launch the Wakefield & District Bereavement Support Service. Most people experience grief when they lose someone important to them, and it affects everyone differently.

"The service is designed specifically to help people who are experiencing grief after the death of a loved one. For some people, support by someone not known to them, or mutual support that can come from being with others in a group, can make all the difference. Now more than ever it is important to provide a safe space and a knowledgeable and compassionate bereavement supporter to talk to."

Referrals can be made to this service through self-referral by calling  01977 781452 or emailing A health or social care professional can also make the referral for you.

Please be aware that there may be some restrictions on how the service is delivered during the Covid-19 pandemic. For more information on the service visit