Hospice Care Week 2019

Wednesday 09 October 2019

In our second blog feature during Hospice Care Week 2019, Viv tells us what it takes to perform the role of a Bereavement Support Worker at The Shakespeare Hospice.

I have been a volunteer at The Shakespeare Hospice for twenty years:  for the last ten as a trained Bereavement Support Worker. To each new client I provide a reassurance that I am unconditionally on their side and that there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution. Clients enter a safe space, actual and emotional, within a confidential and non-judgmental atmosphere.

Although my work is planned and formulated before the session, each appointment is primarily based on the needs of my client – what they choose to bring into the room on any particular day. Between sessions, I will reflect on our work together and plan how best to continue to support my clients as they engage in the process of ‘grief work’. I feel hugely privileged that my ongoing training has equipped me to support clients when they are unsure and perhaps overwhelmed with all the change and adjustments they are encountering. This work impacts on my personal life in a truly positive way and I trust I am a better person for it!

In conclusion, I am reminded of the words used by one of my clients when describing their experience of engaging in Bereavement Support Work – it is a mutual relationship based on ‘trust and truth’.

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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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