Karen is our Adult and Child Bereavement Lead at the Hospice and she’d like to share with you what it’s like being part of the Family and Carer Support Team

Here at Birmingham St Mary’s, we understand how difficult it is to lose someone close to you. With the help of supporters like you, we are able to help families experiencing grief. This includes children and young people who are seeking to make sense of it all.

I have been working at the Hospice for over 16 years with patients, with their families and children. Most patients’ biggest worry at the end of their life is how their loved ones will cope without them and the sadness they will experience. In those last months we are here to support not only patients, but also their loved ones who may be struggling to cope. Help at this time can make a huge difference to the whole family. Here are some of the comments from families who have benefited from our support:-

"Knowing that someone will be there for her to talk to when I’m gone is such a relief to me" 

"Thank you for helping to make this a time of growth when it would have been so easy to have fallen apart"

"Thank you for helping me to talk about my Grandad and not to be so sad about him dying"

After someone dies we continue to contact families and offer bereavement support because we know that it can be a time of confusion, painful mixed emotions and loneliness.

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Join us this Spring and get involved with our Forget Me Not appeal to ensure we can be there for families going through the toughest of times.

Between Monday 24th April and 1st May 2017, individual wrought iron forget-me-nots will be planted in a stunning floral display in Birmingham City Centre, with each flower a symbol of your special person who is no longer with us.

Together, let’s celebrate the lives of those who are no longer with us, those who are gone but not forgotten, and those we love dearly… http://www.birminghamhospice.org.uk/forgetmenot.