Remembering those we’ve lost
12 November 2019
The Bereavement Suite at Southend Hospital commemorated 10 years of providing support to families and friends whose loved ones have died.
The commemoration got underway with Dr Kate Gretton, who
recalled the development of the suite.
Wendy Warner, Palliative Care Lead Nurse said: "The Bereavement
Suite has made such a big difference to families who have lost
loved ones. It's a quiet place where they can talk privately,
reflect and get emotional support. Losing a loved one can be such a
difficult experience and it is reassuring to know that there is a
place within our hospital where families can go and get some
"We work in collaboration with Southend Borough Council so the
Bereavement Suite provides a one-stop-service for registration of
deaths, information and signposting to other services."
16,500 bereaved families have been supported by the Bereavement
Team at Southend Hospital since it was established ten years
Incorporated into the commemoration celebrations was a prayer
for Remembrance Day by Rev Jackie Turner, which was followed by a
two minutes silence.
The team provides opportunities for families to talk about death
and early grieving. They offer one-to-one face to face support and
as well as telephone support to bereaved families.
The service works closely with palliative care, chaplaincy,
medical examiners and the mortuary team as well as with the
Bereavement Midwife to support families of still-born babies.
Staff as well as families joined in the commemoration and it was
an opportunity to reflect and think about how we would all like to
The Bereavement Suite at Southend Hospital was first opened on 1
Wendy Warner, Dr Kate Gretton, Kerri Legg, Lucy Broad and Rev.