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Bereavement support groups

Coronavirus response

We are mindful that the people we care for represent an exceptionally vulnerable group, which is why we are putting measures in place to protect those attending activities at the Hospice and in the community, as well as our teams.

For this reason, some of our support groups have been cancelled until further notice.

For further details about the Hospice’s response and which services have been affected, please click here.

Bereavement groups give people the opportunity to meet regularly with other people who have had similar experiences or concerns. All groups are facilitated by the Family Support team and what is shared remains in confidence within the group.

Sometimes participants continue to meet and support each other after the group has finished.

What groups are available?

Bereavement Support Group

The Bereavement Support Group meets weekly for six weeks and is organised twice a year. It offers a safe setting in which to explore feelings, share information and simply be with others in similar situations.

Bereavement Café

The Bereavement Café is a drop-in session for those coping with bereavement. Run by St Nicholas Hospice Care staff and volunteers, there are two Bereavement Café’s currently running in Bury St Edmunds and Mildenhall. It is a space where people can talk about the pain of loss and find courage and strength in knowing they are not alone, where emotions can be expressed freely and stories can be shared.

Please call the Hospice (on 01284 766133) or The Apex for the Bury St Edmunds café (on 01284 758000), or check the Hospice’s website to make sure that the group is going ahead.

Bereavement drop-in (Haverhill)

Our bereavement group gives you the opportunity to meet regularly with others who have had similar experiences or concerns. The bereavement drop-in group takes place upstairs at our Haverhill Hub, Camps Road, Haverhill, Suffolk, CB9 8HB. You’ll find directions from the Reception. The drop-in sessions are held every Friday, from 10:30am to midday.

‘Stepping Forward’ Walking Group

Walk and talk with a group of like-minded people and trained bereavement volunteers. Walking with people who have also experienced bereavement may be just the thing to get you back on track. Stepping Forward is open to all who are bereaved. The group meet once a month for an hour’s walk at Ickworth Park. No appointment is necessary as this is an informal event – just turn up and enjoy the company.

Winter 2019/2020

During the winter months, the group meets on the first Saturday of every month (with the exception of October 2019, when we meet on the second Saturday), setting off at 9.45am. Please meet in the car park on the left-hand side at 9.30am. Be sure to have good footwear as the ground may still be damp in places.

Spring / Summer

From April, the group embarks on its spring/summer programme. We meet on the first Thursday of every month, at 5.45pm with the walk setting off at 6pm. Please meet in the car park on the left-hand side.

Bereavement activity groups

We also run occasional bereavement activity groups, such as cooking, DIY and arts and crafts, which consist of four sessions over three to four months.

For more information about our bereavement groups please get in touch by calling 01284 715572 or email