St Gemma’s Hospice offers a bereavement service for people whose late family member or friend accessed one of their services.

Individual Support

They offer confidential individual bereavement support and counselling. They offer an initial appointment followed by up to six sessions in the first instance. Towards the end of these sessions, they explore whether further support would be helpful and they are able to offer up another six sessions. All sessions are weekly and can be face to face or on the telephone/zoom. They offer appointments during the day Monday-Friday and also one evening per week. 

The Bereavement Café

Their Bereavement café meets the third Friday morning of the month from 10am until 12pm. This is a social group for people who have experienced a bereavement in the last two years and over eight weeks ago. It is a space for people who have had similar experiences to meet and provide mutual support in a relaxed atmosphere. Staff and café volunteers from the bereavement service are also there. Refreshments are provided. People are welcome to attend the café for up to one year.

Growing around Grief Group

They run a structured six-week group for people who have been bereaved in the last year and over eight weeks ago. The group is an opportunity to meet other people in a similar situation, to explore how the experience of grief, how to remember our important person and look to the future with hope.  The group runs three times a year on Thursday evenings with January, April and September start dates.

Please contact Sarah Applewhite or Rob Hairsine at the Bereavement Service if you would like to find out more about any of the support detailed above or to make a referral.

Supporting Children and Young People

St Gemma’s also has specialist children and young people’s workers who can offer support and advice to parents and families. The team also run regular activity days and trips for children to meet others who have had a similar experience. Individual bereavement support sessions are also offered.

Please visit St Gemma’s website or call 0113 218 5500 for information on supporting children and young people.


329 Harrogate Road
LS17 6QD