Community Bereavement Service

Our community bereavement service is for families affected by the death of a baby, a child or a young adult, who have not previously used Martin House.

We understand that the death of a baby, child or young person 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. Please do call us directly on the numbers below if you think that we may be able to help you.

Our Service

Martin House has always offered a bereavement service to families using the hospice. Alongside this existing provision, we are now offering a community bereavement service for families who have not previously accessed Martin House.

The community bereavement service covers all child deaths, with the exception of miscarriages or still births.

It includes bereavement following sudden, unexpected and traumatic deaths, such as road traffic accidents or suicide.

It is usually for parents; support for other family members can also be arranged. Children can access our siblings group for support.

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.”

Referral criteria

We can accept referrals, including self-referrals, which relate to the death of a baby, child or young adult, ranging from babies diagnosed antenatally to young adults up to the age of 25.

Referrals can usually be made up to 2 years after death, and each one will be considered on an individual basis.

How to contact us

The community bereavement service is offered by the bereavement team at Martin House.

Contact us by telephone: 01937 845045
Or by email: