New service for bereaved families in Erewash

Opening of new Treetops Hospice building in Risley. Pictured l-r is Cally Cheetham founder, Brian Nicholson bereavment client, Penny Lockwood bereavment service manager and CEO George Cameron.
Opening of new Treetops Hospice building in Risley. Pictured l-r is Cally Cheetham founder, Brian Nicholson bereavment client, Penny Lockwood bereavment service manager and CEO George Cameron.

A counselling and emotional support service has been launched at Treetops Hospice for people who are dealing with the loss of a loved one.

The new service, funded by NHS Erewash Clinical Commissioning Group, is for families who are coming to terms with a diagnosis of a life-limiting illness or facing the loss of a family member.

Individuals, families and carers facing life limiting illness who have a GP within the Erewash area or are already associated with the Risley hospice can access the service.

The new counselling and emotional support service provides vital support through a team of qualified counsellors, and student counsellors and specially trained volunteers at the Cheetham Centre at Treetops Hospice

Penny Lockwood, counselling and emotional support service manager at the hospice, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer this much needed service which looks after the wellbeing of children, adults and families who are dealing with a life-limiting diagnosis and the prospect of bereavement. The more people are supported through the process of living with a life-limiting illness and preparing for death, the more likely it is that families will cope better with the bereavement itself.

“Knowing that someone will soon pass away is an intensely distressing time. Fear, disbelief, denial and anger are all common and understandable reactions for individuals and families having to cope with life limiting illness. Often family members struggle in different ways, finding it hard to talk to each other about their feelings, leading to tension, misunderstandings and isolation.”

The centre has five adult therapy rooms and three rooms for therapeutic work with children. The service can also be provided in the home or another appropriate setting if it is difficult for people to go to the hospice.