Counselling support for people living with a life-limiting illness and those close to them
Our counselling service provides professional psychological support for people living with a life-limiting illness and those close to them.
Our specially-trained counsellors are here to support you in developing different ways of coping, in a safe environment.
Counselling gives an opportunity to explore difficult feelings relating to a palliative diagnosis, with the possibility of making them more manageable and easier to understand.
Many people do not think of counselling services when they consider hospice care, but it is a huge part of the support we provide here at the hospice. Many of the people we support may access other hospice services, such as our Inpatient Unit or The Orangery, but others are simply referred to the hospice for our counselling services alone.
We usually offer one to one weekly counselling appointments, which can be flexible around your needs. These can take place in person in our counselling suites at the hospice, or we offer telephone appointments for those who prefer this option.
Specialist bereavement support for families and friends
Our bereavement support service provides a safe and confidential environment where you can talk about your bereavement.
When someone close to you dies, you may experience a range of feelings which will be very individual and unique to you. The way you experience your grief will depend on many factors, including the relationship you shared with the person who has died or the circumstances around their death.
Although grief is a normal human reaction to loss, it may also be difficult to understand the depth or difficulty of your feelings.
We offer one to one bereavement support. Our in-person appointments take place in the counselling suites at the hospice, but we also offer telephone appointments for those who prefer this option.
Who can access our counselling and bereavement service
Counselling support at the hospice is available to adults living with a life-limiting illness, and those close to them. You must be registered with a Barnsley GP.
Our bereavement support service is available for the family and friends of people who died from a life-limiting illness and had specialist palliative care needs. The bereavement support service is available to children aged 5-18 and adults aged 18 and over.
How to access counselling support
Any GP or healthcare professional involved in your care can make a referral to our counselling service.
Self-refer for bereavement support
You can self-refer to our bereavement support service by calling us on 01226 244 244.