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The Bereavement Support Team provide counselling support to In-Patient and Living Well Centre guests, their families and carers at each stage of their health journey.

Referral Criteria

The Bereavement Support Team provide bereavement counselling to adults living in County Durham.

This care also extends to people in our community with no connection to the Hospice and we offer bereavement  counselling to adults in County Durham:

  • who have a life-limiting illness themselves
  • who have someone they care about that has a life-limiting illness
  • who have experienced bereavement through a life-limiting illness
  • experienced a death due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This service is both free and confidential. Referrals can be made by self referral, a family member, primary health care team, mental health care teams or social workers using the forms at the bottom of this page.

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For general enquiries about Bereavement Support please call 0191 386 1170 option 9 or contact the team via email

Make a Referral for an Adult

Completed forms can be returned securely via email to

Click here to download form

Make a Jigsaw Project Referral

Completed forms can be returned securely via email to

Click here to download form

The Jigsaw Project

Our Children’s Bereavement Service, the Jigsaw Project, works with Children and Young People who have experienced bereavement. We have a specially designed children’s area in the Hospice where our experienced counsellors can help families through difficult times. This service is open to referrals from the whole of County Durham and is available to any child affected by grief or anticipatory grief relating to family, relatives and friends. Find out more about Children’s Bereavement Services.