Bereavement Support

Living with Loss

To explain when you might find counselling beneficial through:

  • Stories
  • Theory around bereavement
  • Strategies and tools to help you
  • To have a better understanding of the grieving process
  • Resources to help you
  • When you might need counselling

Therapeutic Bereavement Groups

Therapeutic Bereavement Groups offer the opportunity to meet with other bereaved people who may be experiencing similar losses and issues

  • Whilst everyone’s experience is different and their worries and concerns are unique some experiences to grief may be similar. Listening in a confidential setting to how other people have experienced their grief may therefore be helpful
  • It is a place to meet with other bereaved people who have experienced the loss of a significant relative, to talk in a safe environment and explore feelings of loneliness, isolation, emptiness, anger and guilt and find ways to manage them

What is bereavement counselling?

Bereavement counselling takes place in a relationship built upon trust, respect and confidentiality, to facilitate the processes of normal and complex grief.

It is a way of working that enables people to explore their concerns in a safe, supportive and non-judgmental atmosphere and to find the best outcomes for them.

Talking to a counsellor may help people to:

  • See things differently
  • Explore feelings in a safe environment
  • Find ways to manage feelings of loneliness and isolation
  • Improve communication with family, friends and health professionals
  • Feel supported
  • Find a level of acceptance and increased understanding of their deepest concerns


1st Feb 24

Cleaner retires after 19 years

We said a fond farewell to our cleaner Jackie, who bowed out this week to enjoy a well deserved retirement after 19 years at Forest Holme and a total of 28 years with NHS University Hospitals Dorset.

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10th Jan 24

Tree-mendous appeal success

Forest Holme Hospice Charity is delighted to announce that the Light Up A Life tree contributed to a total of £4,855 raised for the hospice.

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29th Nov 23

Award success

Congratulations to our fantastic Complementary Therapy Team, who came second and took the highly commended award in the recent Great British Care Awards.

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3rd Nov 23

Charity secures dedicated Reiki Therapist for patients

Forest Holme is delighted to announce it will be part-funding the role of the hospice’s reiki specialist, Kay Spears, alongside the Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary.

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1st Aug 23

Poppy’s Stall

10-year-old Poppy Thomas was thrilled to receive her certificate and medal from the charity for raising £150 from her fundraising stall.

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25th Jul 23

Forest Holme Refurbishment

We are excited to announce that our refurbishment project at Forest Holme Hospice will begin on Monday 31st July 2023.

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