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At Ardgowan Hospice we understand just how difficult the time following the death of a loved one can be. Thanks to a grant by the National Lottery, we are now able to further our care by providing specialist grief support to those impacted by COVID-19 in Inverclyde.

 

Ardgowan Hospice is extending our motto ‘Together We Care’ to provide even greater support to our community of Inverclyde.

Having provided end of life and bereavement care for almost forty years we understand just how complex the weeks and months after the death of a close friend or family member can be. During the months since the pandemic began the Ardgowan Hospice team have been considering how we can better support people who have been bereaved because of COVID-19 or whose bereavement has been complicated by it e.g. not being able to visit the person before they died or not being able to attend the funeral or have the funeral they otherwise would have had. We have also been thinking about how we can support the many carers who have looked after people with the virus and their family members.

We have been very fortunate to have been awarded a grant by the National Lottery to launch this support which will include:

  • One-to-one emotional support or counselling for adults bereaved by COVID-19 or whose bereavement has been complicated in some way by the pandemic – this is being offered by phone or video counselling but as restrictions are lifted this will also be offered face-to-face
  • Support to children and young people who have been bereaved by COVID-19 or whose bereavement has been impacted by the virus e.g. not being able to see grandparents for some time before the death. This is being offered by video to children and young people but will be offered face-to-face and in groups when the restrictions are lifted
  • Individual and groupwork support for anyone who is a carer and who has been impacted by the pandemic and feels that emotional support or counselling would help them

Over the coming weeks and months we will extend our support to offer drop-ins and groupwork for both adults and young people. We will also be offering virtual and physical memorial opportunities so that friends and family members can pay their respects to people who have died and to celebrate their lives in facilitated (religious or non-religious) services at the hospice along with the opportunity to purchase a leaf on our memory tree.

CEO, Linda McEnhill said “We have a long history of providing compassionate, expert care for bereaved people and so we are ideally placed to support the many people who have been bereaved in these months but not under the ordinary care of the hospice – the grant from the lottery means that we can reach out and help the people of Inverclyde even more than before – we are delighted to be able to do so”

 

To access this service you can either phone the dedicated hospice phone number 01475 726830 ext. 2387 or ask for The Willow Care service.

Or you can email on bereavement@ardhosp.co.uk . For carers the phone number is the same and the email address is SupportiveCareService@ardhosp.co.uk

Alternatively, fill out this simple form below and a member of our team will get in touch. Using this form is secure, data is not stored anywhere on our website and will be delivered directly to a mailbox listed above and only read by one of our bereavement team specialists.

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