Loss and Legacy Course

Our Loss and Legacy Workshops provide a supportive space for individuals who have experienced bereavement or are interested in understanding more about loss.

These sessions offer a chance to explore the complexities of loss, share personal perspectives, and learn from others’ experiences. Each session includes themed discussions on specific topics and interactive exercises to deepen our understanding of loss and legacy.

Our workshops are free of charge. To join, simply fill out the registration form, and we will email you the details for the next session.

  1. Living with Loss – Tuesday 3rd September
  2. Recognising Legacy – Tuesday 10th September

These sessions are 1.5 hours facilitated themed discussions where you will reflect on different aspects of caring or loss through group discussions, sharing experiences, activities/exercises.

These sessions are designed to help you consider your own experiences, what you have learned from them, and to encourage learning from the experiences of others.

How do I sign up to attend?

Register online here

Who is it for?

Anyone who has experienced loss or is interested in understanding more about grief.

Do I have to attend every session?

No, you can attend whichever sessions you are interested in, but there is no need to commit to the full programme. Each session is self-contained.

Contact information

e.newman-greaves@stchristophers.org.uk
(0)7718 250358  

Testimonials

“Thank you. I feel grateful that such courses are offered and in such a friendly, comforting and caring way.”

‘it helped me to reflect on my aunt, who I lost recently. This has been so helpful, all contents are resourceful, [and] organised in a very good way”

“I just wanted to thank you […] I really found it very interesting and thought provoking.”

Caring for Carers Course

Contact e.newman-greaves@stchristophers.org.uk for more information.

Our Carers workshops are designed for current carers that care for those who have life limiting or shortening conditions to share experiences, build confidence and learn new skills.

These sessions are opportunities to explore the challenges of your caring role in a supportive community, and learn from others.

Sessions involve themed discussions on a specific topic to help you better explore and reflect on different aspects of your caring role.

Our workshops are free to attend. If you would like to join simply complete the registration form and we will email you the details for the next session.

New Carers: Tuesday 23rd July 11am-12:30pm: Networks of support and Carers Experience

Established Carers: Tuesday 30th July 11am-12:30pm: Planning for the future

Established Carers: Tuesday 6th August 11am-12:30pm: Changing relationships

These sessions are 1.5 hour facilitated themed discussions where you will reflect on different aspects of caring or loss through group discussions, sharing experiences, activities/exercises.

These sessions are designed to help you consider your own experiences, what you have learned from them, and to encourage learning from the experiences of others.

How do I sign up to attend?

Register online here

Who is it for?

Carers.

Do I have to attend every session?

No, you can attend whichever sessions you are interested in, but there is no need to commit to the full programme. Each session is self-contained.

Contact information

e.newman-greaves@stchristophers.org.uk
07718 250358  

Book Club

Join us for our book club, which runs on the second Tuesday of every month at St Christopher’s Hospice Anniversary Centre! The sessions are free to join, and will begin at 6pm and finish at 7.30pm. We talk through the book choice for the month, delving into your thoughts, feelings and questions.

These will be regular social book club evenings where we discuss, debate and explore a monthly book selected by our group, from fiction, to poetry, memoir and more! We will be uncovering new treasures and reacquainting ourselves with old favourites, delving into books that explore death, dying and loss in ways that may be by turns familiar, unexpected and thought-provoking.

Book of the month – July: 1984 by George Orwell

A masterpiece of rebellion and imprisonment, where war is peace, freedom is slavery and Big Brother is watching. Thought Police, Big Brother, Orwellian – these words have entered our vocabulary because of George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel 1984.

The story of one man’s nightmare odyssey as he pursues a forbidden love affair through a world ruled by warring states and a power structure that controls not only information but also individual thought and memory, 1984 is a prophetic haunting tale, more relevant than ever before.

What will the book club meetings involve?

Chatting, a chance to meet new people and to explore a book!

We look forward to seeing you there!

The sessions will place onsite in St Christopher’s CARE, St Christopher’s Hospice 51-59 Lawrie Park Road, Sydenham London, SE26 6DZ.

Parking is limited on the hospice site – there is a drop off and pick up bay outside the main entrance and free parking on adjoining residential roads.

Buses: 197, 176 stop by the hospice, 227 stops at the end of Lawrie Park Rd

Nearest stations: Penge East, Penge West, Sydenham

If you have any questions please email e.woodhouse@stchristophers.org.uk

Carers Time to Talk: Caritas House, Orpington

Fulfilling a caring role can be both rewarding and challenging, and not always in equal measure. Come along and meet other carers, speak openly about your experiences of caring for someone with a life-limiting illness with others who can empathise as a result of their own experiences of caring.

“Just thought I would let you know how much I appreciate and benefit from the chat sessions.  Thank you for providing we carers with the opportunity to talk freely about anything and everything.  It’s always helpful sharing caring anxieties and concerns with others who know exactly what I am going through.  I like to think my experience can be helpful to others too. And, like today, it’s so refreshing being able to laugh and chat about things other than caring.  I get a real boost! “

This group will take place fortnightly. June and July dates are below:

11th & 25th June

9th & 16th July


If you want to hear about other ways we can support you, call 07720 669151 or email carers@stchristophers.org.uk

Carers Time to Talk: St Christopher’s CARE

Fulfilling a caring role can be both rewarding and challenging, and not always in equal measure. Come along and meet other carers, speak openly about your experiences of caring for someone with a life-limiting illness with others who can empathise as a result of their own experiences of caring.

“Just thought I would let you know how much I appreciate and benefit from the chat sessions.  Thank you for providing we carers with the opportunity to talk freely about anything and everything.  It’s always helpful sharing caring anxieties and concerns with others who know exactly what I am going through.  I like to think my experience can be helpful to others too. And, like today, it’s so refreshing being able to laugh and chat about things other than caring.  I get a real boost! “

This group takes place fortnightly. June and July dates are:

4th & 18th June

2nd, 16th & 30th July


If you want to hear about other ways we can support you, call 07720 669151 or email carers@stchristophers.org.uk

Bereavement Help Point: Online

Find out more about Virtual Bereavement Help Point sessions and watch videos from volunteers and service users

Register for a virtual session

  • The session details will be sent to this email address
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    Agreement attending Virtual Help Point Zoom sessions

    • Confidentiality: We will not share your information with anyone outside the organisation. Whilst we adhere to data protection regulations we cannot guarantee 100% confidentiality due to using the online platform, Zoom. We ask that you share outside the group only what you have learned about yourself. There is to be no recording of sessions.
    • Safety: Keeping yourself safe is paramount. Find a room/space where you are on your own, feel safe and cannot be overheard by anyone else.
    • Respect: It is important to respect your own grief as well as others. There is no one or simple path to follow. It is important to respect everyone’s right to grieve in their own way. We can compare but cannot judge.
    • Each person’s grief is unique. While you may share some commonalities in your experiences, no two of you are exactly alike. Consequently, respect and accept both what you have in common with others and what is unique to each of you.
    • Advice: We are here to share personal feelings and current concerns but are not here to fix problems. You are welcome to ask questions, make suggestions.
    • Feel free to talk about your grief. If, however, someone in the group decides to listen without sharing, please respect his or her preference. Avoid interrupting or speaking over someone else.
    • Feelings: Feelings are neither right nor wrong; they just are.

     

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    Privacy Statement:

    All personal data will be handled and stored in accordance with data protection regulations and used solely for the purpose(s) outlined above. Clients may withdraw from the service at any time, but their details will be kept for audit purposes unless they instruct us otherwise.

Carers Time to Talk: Online

Fulfilling a caring role can be both rewarding and challenging, and not always in equal measure. This is a space to speak openly about your experiences of caring for someone with a life-limiting illness with others who can empathise as a result of their own experiences of caring.

Join this supportive Carers chat via Zoom.

“It took some effort for me to join the Zoom ‘Carers Time to Talk’ because I usually avoid communications by video. However, it has been a delight to meet up with fellow carers and share tips, problems, general chat. It’s lovely building up a rapport with other people in the same boat as you and, as the weeks go by, feeling as if you’ve made new friends. It’s a group you can dip in and out of whenever you like, there are no rules – it’s becoming a big happy family to share some respite with each Thursday afternoon!”

Register to attend

  • The session details will be sent to this email address
  •  

    Agreement attending Carers Time to Talk online sessions

    • Confidentiality: We will not share your information with anyone outside the organisation. Whilst we adhere to data protection regulations we cannot guarantee 100% confidentiality due to using the online platform, Zoom. We ask that you share outside the group only what you have learned about yourself. There is to be no recording of sessions.
    • Safety: Keeping yourself safe is paramount. Find a room/space where you are on your own, feel safe and cannot be overheard by anyone else.
    • Respect: It is important to respect your own experiences as well as others. There is no one or simple path to follow. It is important to respect everyone else’s experiences and feelings. We can compare but cannot judge.
    • Each person’s experiences are unique. While you may share some commonalities in your experiences, no two of you are exactly alike. Consequently, respect and accept both what you have in common with others and what is unique to each of you.
    • Advice: We are here to share personal feelings and current concerns but are not here to fix problems. You are welcome to ask questions, make suggestions.
    • Feel free to talk about your feelings. If, however, someone in the group decides to listen without sharing, please respect their preference. Avoid interrupting or speaking over someone else.
    • Feelings: Feelings are neither right nor wrong; they just are.

     

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    Privacy Statement:

    All personal data will be handled and stored in accordance with data protection regulations and used solely for the purpose(s) outlined above. Clients may withdraw from the service at any time, but their details will be kept for audit purposes unless they instruct us otherwise.

Bereavement Help Point: St Christopher’s CARE

The drop in Bereavement Help Points are a weekly 2 hour service. These sessions enable members of the community to have a regular point where the subject of death and bereavement is addressed openly and empathically in an informal setting.

Visitors support each other and often visit regularly in order to meet up with others who share their feelings and understand what they are going through particularly in early grief when formal services are not available generally.

For more information call Akvile Gaile on 07842 608242. Alternatively, email BHP@stchristophers.org.uk

There a number of regular BHPs held across South East London, including Orpington, Lewisham, and Carford. Click here to see the full list of BHPS.

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