Hospice Care Week 2019

Monday 07 October 2019


It's Hospice Care Week 2019, 7th - 13th October. We asked Sera to tell us about her role as Adult Bereavement Counsellor in the Day Hospice.

Sera is a fully qualified Adult Counsellor (BA (Hons) Communication, BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy and currently completing BSc (Hons) in Counselling Psychology). She volunteers her time at the Shakespeare Hospice.

For the past two years I have volunteered as a counsellor with The Shakespeare Hospice in Stratford Upon Avon. I am part of a small but dedicated team that meets with clients individually for an hour each week to support them in their experience of illness and death. This means accompanying a client as they grieve for the death of a loved one, support a family member living with cancer or as they face death themselves.

Each client is unique with different needs and challenges; but all share the need for a quiet, confidential space in which they can feel heard.  All counsellors endeavour to build an equal and trustworthy relationship in which the client feels wholly supported, valued and accepted. Often clients are surprised to hear that as professional counsellors, we give our time freely and ask us why we do it.

On a personal level, it is simply an immense privilege to be able to help and be present at what is often an intensely personal, painful and vulnerable time in someone’s life.

Sharing in stories of loss, loneliness and longing means in many cases, also sharing in stories of love, life and legacy – the very fabric of what it means to be human - and a reminder of what is truly important.

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Our Family Support Services include Children and Family Support Service, Bereavement Support, Counselling, Chaplaincy and Social Work Service.

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