I need help for myself or a loved one
Resources to support those faced with dying, caring and grief and information on hospice support.
The pandemic’s impact on services
Due to the Coronavirus, all of our face-to-face support groups and sessions in the community and at the Hospice, are not currently running at this time.
This includes activities usually held at the Haverhill Hub. We are working on developing online and virtual sessions, as well as guidance and information you may find useful. Please, click here to find out more.
To protect people during the coronavirus outbreak, St Nicholas Hospice Care has updated visiting arrangements for those visiting Sylvan Ward. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
Hospice advice line
If you wish to speak urgently about symptom management and end of life care for you or a loved one please call our 24-hour advice line 01284 766133 to contact the Hospice team.
Useful numbers for bereavement and mental health
If you are seeking bereavement or mental health support and wish to receive support now please download the list of useful numbers provided in the following link.
Grief chat service
Alternatively, you can access a specially trained bereavement counsellor through GriefChat. GriefChat is a safe space for grieving or bereaved people to be able to share their story, explore their feelings and be supported by a qualified bereavement counsellor.
It is a free service and is available Monday to Friday, 9am-9pm. Please be aware, GriefChat is a third party service and not Hospice staff.
We can help you to manage symptoms such as pain and anxiety. Find information on illnesses and explore a number of strategies.
Preparing for end of life
You’ll find information to help you prepare and hold discussions with loved ones and medical professionals.
Our volunteers may have paused their face-to-face visits, but they continue to offer kindness and practical support in inventive ways.
To complement our volunteer Hospice Neighbours, we are now offering St Nic’s Next Door. They are a resourceful and well connected team, so if you need our help to support your neighbours, please get in touch. You will receive a warm response, with supportive ideas and links to local community resources.
Spiritual care and support
Our Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy Team is here to support people in our care and those who are important to them.
It is also here as a resource to our local community and its organisations, offering spiritual, religious and pastoral care for all. Our chaplains are from various Christian denominations and the Humanist tradition.
Having conversations about dying
Why we need to have this conversation and write it down
The importance of choice
We all want to be in control of our lives and everything in it.
The biggest choices we can make in death and dying are those that give us a sense of control (however big or small). These resources can give freedom and reassurance that we can live with dying.
Click the link below to find guides and links to important documents for recording your wishes.
Interactive sessions online
Gentle exercise and relaxation session that can be done at home
The Hospice has online videos of pre-recorded exercise, advice and sing-a-long sessions to support people at home during the pandemic.