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Family Care Team

The Family Care Team (FCT) at Kirkwood Hospice provides emotional and psychological support for those living with, affected by or bereaved through a life-limiting illness.

What We Offer

Pre-Bereavement

  • Pre-Bereavement support for the patient, their family and friends
  • Pre-Bereavement support for children and young people
  • Pre-Bereavement counselling, psychotherapy, advocacy and family therapy
  • Advice and liaison with allied health care professionals

Post-Bereavement

  • One-to-one counselling, psychotherapy and family therapy, booked by appointment
  • Bereavement telephone support service
  • A bereavement drop-in service: a person can literally ‘drop-in’ at any time during the service. It is fortnightly on Monday mornings from 9.30am - 12.30pm (details can be found here)
  • Peer Group support, one-to-one support, complementary therapies, expressive artwork, creative writing and a facilitated therapy group are available (details can be found in our Support & Therapy section)
  • Bereavement Evening - a series of themed talks and discussions based on the cycle of grieving with discussion and support (details can be found here)
  • Psychological and emotional support for bereaved children and young people (formerly Kirkwood Koalas) by appointment. Parents are offered support alongside their children
  • Education, training programmes and talks focussing on bereavement and loss issues, listening skills, work with children and young people
  • Consultancy, supervision and advice for allied healthcare professionals

Our Team

The Family Care Team consists of the Team Leader who is a psychotherapist, a Family Therapist, a Counsellor, an administrator and the Spiritual Care Co-Ordinatorand Chaplain. We also have volunteer counsellors and Bereavement Support workers who assist with the services outlined on this page.


Referral Criteria

The main criterion for referral to the FCT is that the person being referred is living with, caring for or is bereaved by a life-limiting, life-threatening illness. For individuals who do not meet this referral criteria, we are happy to provide a session of advice, provide supporting literature and if necessary a follow-on referral to an appropriate service.


How We Can Help

The Family Care Team work alongside you by trying to listen and understand what your world is like for you. We attempt to offer you a safe space in which you can feel heard and accepted as you begin to work through very powerful emotions. We can offer sessions in an individual or group format.

We know from the team’s experience that both pre and post-bereavement can make us question elements of our lives such as the nature and meaning of life, relationships, spiritual crises, uncertainty and anxiety.

As both pre and post-bereavement issues can affect the whole family, the team also offer appropriate emotional and psychological support for children and families.

All our services are free.


Contacting the Team

To discuss referrals to the Family Care Team or for further information on our referral criteria and services, please call: 01484 557908

If you would like to print this information, you can find a link to our Family Care Team leaflet at the foot of this page.

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