Lewisham Bereavement Support

Lewisham Bereavement Support

Providing information and confidential, one-to-one Bereavement Support to bereaved people over the age of 18 living in the Lewisham Borough

Since 1 October 2020, Lewisham Bereavement Support became a service managed by St Christopher’s Hospice. 

Bereavement Support Sessions are now being provided online 

Our team have been working to make sure we can provide a bereavement support experience which is secure and private. We have also trained all of our Bereavement Support Volunteers (BSVs) to be able to provide counselling through video conferencing technology. 

Before you start Bereavement Support with us, we will meet with you online, to make sure you feel happy and confident in using the technology. 

We are still taking calls and emails, and sending out information and support resources for anyone who needs help with a bereavement.

Please do get in touch if you need help or support following a bereavement. If we can’t help you, we will signpost you to someone who can. 

Contact information

Directions and how to find us

Bus: 47, towards Shoreditch or 199, Towards Canada Water, 188 towards Russell Square.

There is also easy access from Deptford National Rail station (five minute walk) or Deptford Bridge DLR station (15 minute walk).

Unfortunately we do not have any personal parking spaces but parking is available on nearby roads restricted to residents only between 12 and 2pm.

Download directions to Lewisham Bereavement Counselling (PDF)

What we do

While many of us will have and want the support of our family and friends to help us grieve and deal with our loss, others will feel isolated and alone or feel they just can’t cope. It may also be that we would prefer to recieve support from someone outside our immediate family circle.

Outside professional support can help us with what we are going through.

How can we help you?

As well as advice and information, we also provide confidential, one-to-one support to all bereaved people over the age of 18 living in the Lewisham Borough.

Bereavement Support is provided by our professionally trained Bereavement Support Volunteers. One-to-one support offers you an opportunity to express and share your feelings, thoughts and worries – no matter how complex these may be – with someone who is able to listen, empathise and accept you without judgement.

Emergency support

We do not provide emergency help. If you need help in an emergency, we suggest you contact your GP or go to Accident and Emergency at Lewisham Hospital to be assessed.

You can also call the local mental health crisis line on 0800 731 2864. This line is available 24 hours a day.

Alternatively you could call:

  • Solidarity in a Crisis – out of hours crisis line: 0300 123 1922 or text 0788 9756 087/0788 9756 083 
  • The Samaritans: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year: 0845 790 9090
  • SELDOC out of hours GP service: 020 8693 9066
  • SANEline: 0845 767 8000
  • Or search our comprehensive bereavement resources below.

Bereavement resources

If you have been bereaved as a result of COVID- 19, as well as reading our support resources we recommend you take a look at Sudden, a charity who support those who have been suddenly bereaved. http://www.suddendeath.org/covid-19-bereavement/advice-for-bereaved-people

The Loss Foundation, are also offering specific support, including online support groups, to those who have lost loved ones through COVID 19 https://thelossfoundation.org/our-response-to-coronavirus/

Download directions to Lewisham Bereavement Counselling (PDF)

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