Thames Hospice: Grieving Advice Available in Berkshire
THAMES Hospice has launched a new bereavement counseling service, with recent funding.
The National Lottery Community Fund has lent a hand to Maidenhead’s new charities project, Co-Connect.
Launched this month, the service provides life-saving support to people in Berkshire and South Bucks, aged 18 and over, whose grief has been affected by covid.
Since the start of the pandemic, many people have lost loved ones and are experiencing further distress.
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And others have had care and visitation of family members restricted due to government directives.
Simon Smith, chief of psychological support services at Thames Hospice, is leading the two-year project.
Mr Smith said: “Thames Hospice has always provided grief counseling and support and we are so grateful to have had a new and important opportunity, through funding from the National Lottery, to make a difference for hundreds of grieving people in our community have been adversely affected by COVID-19.
“Many local families are in dire need of urgent bereavement support to recover and come out of their complicated bereavement experience. ”
Co-Connect is expected to support 400 beneficiaries over two years through individual sessions and peer support groups.
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Mr Smith added, “Co-Connect will enable my highly trained advisory team to respond quickly and provide therapeutic support to improve the mental health, well-being and resiliency of local families who have faced grief in the process. these days. ”
The service will work alongside other hospitals, community services and charities.
He hopes to alleviate some of the current pressure on the NHS and other bereavement support agencies.