Community Bereavement Service
Our Community Bereavement Service is for families affected by the death of a baby or child with a life-limiting condition.
We understand that the death of a baby or child is one of the most heart-breaking experiences that a family can ever go through.
Even though grieving is a natural response, it can be so painful and overwhelming that day to day living may become very hard to manage. Family, friends and others can provide support in many ways, but sometimes additional help is needed – someone to talk to who will listen in a different way.
Martin House has always offered a bereavement service to families using the hospice, in which a baby or child with a life-limiting condition has died. Alongside this existing provision, we are now offering a community bereavement service for families who have not previously accessed Martin House.
It is usually for the parents of a baby or child who has died; support for other family members can also be arranged.
The aim is to provide an opportunity to talk through feelings and find ways of coping within a supportive and confidential, professional relationship. The service covers West, North and East Yorkshire and the Humber, and is free of charge.
“I will never be able to say thank you enough for just listening to me ... Now I am managing and living my life, and I have the strength to get through the tougher days and plan for the future.”
We can accept referrals which relate to a child with any life-limiting condition, ranging from babies diagnosed ante-natally to young adults up to the age of 25
Referrals can usually be made up to 2 years after a baby or child’s death, and each one will be considered on an individual basis.