The death of a person close to us can be a very distressing and difficult time. For people living in Hertfordshire, there is a lot of bereavement support available, meaning that you do not have to experience this time on your own. The bereavement support services in Hertfordshire include support groups, counselling, and one-on-one sessions with bereavement specialists.
If you are looking for more practical advice about what needs to be done after someone has died, you might want to read our page on What to do when Someone Dies in Hertfordshire.
Hertfordshire Bereavement Support Services
Carers in Herts Bereavement Support
Carers in Herts provide a bereavement support service for people living in Hertfordshire who have suffered from a bereavement in the past 3 years.
They usually run two bereavement support groups in Hertfordshire: a drop-in group in Watford, and a structured group in Welwyn Garden City. The groups are both free, and the sessions are run by experienced volunteers. As well as providing you with a listening ear, and the chance to speak to people experiencing something similar, Carers in Herts can also help guide you towards other local bereavement support services that may be relevant to you.
Due to COVID-19, the face-to-face groups have stopped running, but Carers in Herts are providing bereavement support over the phone. You can request support by calling them on 01992 58 69 69.
Cruse Bereavement is a national bereavement organisation offering dedicated support to bereaved people in Hertfordshire.
One of the services that they offer is free one-to-one bereavement support. A member of Cruse’s trained team will provide you with up to 6 sessions of one-on-one support in your own home in Hertfordshire, with sessions usually lasting around half an hour. If you would prefer, you can also have sessions that take place over the phone rather than in person.
Cruse Bereavement in Hertfordshire also runs a range of support friendship groups and walk and talk groups, which you can read more about later in our list of Hertfordshire Bereavement Support Groups.
Talk-in-Herts Bereavement Counselling Support
Talk-in-Herts provide bereavement support counselling in Hertfordshire. Counselling can provide recently bereaved people with the opportunity to express and explore the difficult feelings that they may be experiencing in a safe and supportive environment. All of Talk-in-Herts’ bereavement counsellors are fully trained.
You can organise an appointment with Talk-in-Herts on 07530 298388, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can Book An Appointment online.
Bereavement Support Groups in Hertfordshire
Cruse Bereavement Support Groups
Cruse Walk and Talk Groups
Cruse Hertfordshire has organised some free bereavement support group walks, which are socially distanced and therefore appropriate to continue during the Covid-10 pandemic. There are 4 walk and talk groups in Hertfordshire, details of which you can find below. The walks are generally fortnightly and will last between 60 and 90 minutes.
If you are interested in joining the group you should contact the Cruse Bereavement in Hertfordshire helpline on 01707 278389 and ask to be added to the waiting list. They will provide you with more information about where the group is meeting.
North East Herts
When: Every Thursdays
When: Every Tuesday and Thursday
Where: Cedar Park, Cheshunt
When: Every Friday
Where: Hatfield House Estate
Where: Groups planned for Tring Park and Gadebridge Park
Cruse Friendship Groups
These informal meetings give you the opportunity to either talk or listen, and reflect with other people who have lost someone close to them. There is no agenda, just an open conversation where people can express their feelings, share their experiences and listen to those of others.
Details of the 3 groups can be found below. You can contact the Cruse Hertfordshire Helpline on 01707 278389 to find out more about how to join your nearest group.
When: 1st Monday afternoon of each month
Where: Allum Manor House
When: 1st Thursday morning of each month
Where: Cheshunt Tesco Community Room
When: Every Thursday morning from 9:30am – 11:00am.
Where: Letchworth town centre