New Grief and Loss Service

A new support and advice service is being launched to help people across West Yorkshire and Harrogate through grief and loss.

‘Practical and emotional support and advice is available from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week via our freephone number 0808 1963833, or online chat facilityOur team can offer support and help connect you with organisations local to you, who can offer additional help where needed’.

The free service, commissioned by West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, will be delivered by West Yorkshire and Harrogate Independent Hospices ConsortiumBradford Counselling Collaborative and Leeds Mind.

Do contact the service if you:

  • are suffering any form of grief and loss
  • are worried about losing someone, whether this relates to a family member, friend or member of their community
  • have been unable to see a loved one in their illness or final days
  • are feeling impacted by the volume of deaths across the country or other aspects of the virus
  • suffering loss not directly linked to the virus

Ring for free on 0808 1963833

Contact through the online chat facility

Grieving and dementia

Year of Mercy logoOne of our trustees, Pippa, led a talk about Dementia within a Charismatic Day in our Diocese in the context of The Year of Mercy. Pippa defined Mercy in this context principally as compassion.  Fr Keen’s quotation is particularly relevant for those living with dementia and their carers.

Mercy is the willingness to enter the chaos of someone else’s life.                      James F Keen, SJ

The talk included helpful advice when speaking with a person with dementia who has had a bereavement. Maria Longfellow, an Occupational Therapist, put the material together from a number of sources. It is an area that many wonder how best to handle but here are some resources that might be helpful.

Helping the Person with Dementia Grieve After the Death of a Loved One – Beth S. Patterson, MA, LPC.html