Who is this service intended for? Our patients, their families, and bereaved adults living in Herts and Bucks
When is this service available? 9am to 5pm, 5 days a week; other hours by arrangement
Where is this service provided? Online, in the home, at our Grove House day centre, or the Peace Hospice
About our Supportive Care services
Our Supportive Care services help patients, carers, family members, children or close friends to cope emotionally and practically when a diagnosis of cancer or another life-changing illness is received. Support is tailored to the needs of each patient and family, drawing expertise from four specialist teams:
- Bereavement, Listening and Talking Therapies
- Children and Young People’s Support
- Complementary Therapy, including scar therapy
- Supporting Hands, for companionship and help with everyday practical tasks
Our Supportive Care teams are here to help you secure practical help, boost your emotional well-being and work through the psychological challenges that life-changing illness brings.
You can read more about our four family support teams and how they can support you below.
Our Supportive Care is flexible to meet the needs of each patient and family member. Support can include:
Face-to-face support: A member of our Supportive Care team can visit you at home to give you the opportunity to talk. Alternatively, you can book an appointment.
Telephone support: If you would like to talk to someone over the phone, we can arrange a telephone appointment with one of our family support team. This could be a one-off arrangement or part of a series of appointments scheduled at times to suit you.
Counselling: If needed, we can also offer sessions with a trained counsellor.
Support for children and young people: We can support children and young people with listening or counselling and provide advice and support to parents and teachers to help them to manage the child or young person’s needs through a period of life-changing illness or bereavement. We can visit either at home or at school providing support specific to each child or young person’s needs.
Complementary therapy: Our complementary therapy team boosts well-being for patients and their carers with massage, reiki, aromatherapy, reflexology, scar therapy and more
Social support groups for bereavement: Many people can find facing and dealing with bereavement a lonely experience. Meeting once a month, with people in similar situations, gives the opportunity to talk about your feelings and experiences.
Annual remembrance services: Our annual remembrance services and Light up a Life ceremonies offer a chance for reflection in a safe and welcoming environment.
We’re able to support our current and former patients, and their families, and also any adult seeking bereavement support who lives in our catchment area across Herts and Bucks
We’re able to support people living in our catchment area across Herts and Bucks.
Like all Rennie Grove Peace services, our Family Support Services are completely free of charge. They’re not means tested and there’s no cost to the patient or their family.
We rely heavily on the generous support of our local community to raise around 85% of our £18.18m total income for the year. If you would like to make a donation, please click on the link below.
Learn more about the help available from our Family Support service
Bereavement, Listening and Talking Therapies
Counsellors and trained listeners provide emotional support for those facing life-changing illness or bereavement.
Children and Young People’s Support
The children and young people’s support team supports children and young people facing life-changing illness or bereavement.
The Supporting Hands service matches volunteers to patients and carers in need of companionship or practical support with everyday tasks.