Pre-Bereavement Grief

Pre-Bereavement Grief

End of life care is support for people at the end of their life, so that their final months or years are spent in a way that’s most comfortable and based on their preferences.

For several years, Home Instead has offered end of life care. We see clients relieved when they learn that they can receive support without having to leave the place they love best; their own home. It can be a distressing time for the whole family, and not only do we support the client’s physical needs, we also provide emotional support to everyone involved.

With end of life care, the period of loss begins before the actual death and pre-bereavement grief can feel isolating, exhausting and overwhelming as you prepare to lose a loved one.

At Home Instead we understand the weight of pre-bereavement grief and the importance of companionship at such a time when you may be trying to stay strong and positive for your loved one. We believe that no one should have to walk the path of grief alone, whether that’s before or after a loved one’s passing.

This is demonstrated by our franchise offices across the country. Most recently, Home Instead Ipswich, Felixstowe & Woodbridge launched a Compassionate Garden Group, in partnership with St Elizabeth Hospice and Grove Court care home. The idea is to support members of the community who are experiencing pre-bereavement grief.

Free to attend, those joining the group have the opportunity to take part in light gardening activities as well as enjoying a cup of tea and the opportunity to chat with others who are facing bereavement as well as trained helpers, something so simple yet so crucial when faced with pre-bereavement grief.

If you find yourself in this situation, remember to look after yourself. Our office teams are always available to offer support and signpost to local organisations who are able to help.