Family Support Services
At Weldmar Hospicecare, we are proud to support family members and loved ones though what can be life’s most difficult journey.
Our Family Support Service is made up of a number of professionally qualified and specially trained support staff and volunteers. The service offers both emotional support and practical help or advice.
Counselling and Bereavement Support
Our qualified counsellors provide bereavement and emotional support to patients and to those that are important to them, including their children.
If, at any point along your Weldmar journey you feel you need to talk to someone, please ask any member of our team who is looking after you.
How many counselling sessions will I have?
You are offered an initial six sessions, which can be extended in some circumstances.
Is counselling confidential?
Yes, what is said between you and your counsellor remains confidential with some exceptions. For example, if your counsellor feels that you or someone around you might be at risk of harm then confidentiality might be broken.
Can I see my counsellor/supporter in person?
Yes, you can meet in person in a room at the Inpatient Unit in Dorchester, or Trimar House in Weymouth. We can also meet for a ‘walk and talk’ if you might prefer to meet outside.
Can I see a counsellor/supporter with my loved one/significant other?
Yes, some members of our team are able to support couples.
How do I get in touch to arrange a counselling session?
You can contact Weldmar Hospicecare directly, via 01305 215 306
We’re there for children, too
Weldmar Hospicecare has a dedicated Children and Young Person’s Counsellor, who will specifically look after those aged 24 and under, in schools, in the community, and one-to-one.
Specialist Social Workers
Specialist palliative care social workers staff provide patients and family members with opportunity to talk confidentially through fears, worries, concerns, hopes and wishes, and can offer a wide variety of support including sourcing practical help at home, accessing other services, advice around debt or income maintenance, help with housing, advocacy, and working with schools or employers.
They are also dedicated to caring for the carers – the loved ones who are the full time care givers for Weldmar patients at home. They organise coffee mornings for carers, and produce a quarterly newsletter, with lots of helpful tips and advice.Download the latest edition of our Carers Newsletter
The spiritual care team is here to support patients, families, friends as carers as you need us to, whether this is to explore the answers to questions you may have, or to help you find the beginnings of your own answers. Or more simply, to sit alongside you where you are.
We welcome and support people of all philosophies, faiths, beliefs, world views as well as those who would not identify with any of these, and come from a wide range of faith and non-faith communities, this enables us to be open and inclusive in all we do.
The hospice provides a Quiet Room/Sanctuary available for reflection and/or prayer.Veronica is a Spiritual Care Volunteer - read her story here