Meet Dr Kershaw’s Bereavement Support Nurse

19 Feb 2021

Dr Kershaw’s Hospice prides itself on placing patients, and their families, at the heart of all that we do. Our key focus is to provide free, specialist, end-of-life and palliative care for adults with life-limiting illnesses in a peaceful and homely environment. Our work also extends beyond the patient, to support their families and loved ones.

However,  support for families and friends doesn’t end after the death of a loved one in the Hospice’s care, as trained Bereavement Support Nurse, Kat Harding, works closely to support famlies; providing a listening ear when they need it the most.

Kat focuses on supporting people in the early days of bereavement, and for as long as they need it, making sure they have the right help moving forward. She said, “Bereavement support really does make a difference, helping people through difficult and challenging times. Simple things really do mean so much, like listening to a story about a loved one or offering practical advice to friends and families to reduce their burden.”

Bereavement support services at the Hospice, like many other services across the country have been impacted massively by Covid. In normal circumstances, there would be a range of social events and support groups taking place, for families and friends to take part in. Kat’s role as Bereavement Support Nurse is now more crucial than ever to ensure that the necessary support is in place for those who need it.

 

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