Family Support

Following the diagnosis of a life-limiting illness or following bereavement, the aim of the family support service is to provide those involved with an opportunity to explore their feelings in a safe and supportive way.

Our aim is to help people to find personal answers and to assist in any re-adjustment to enable them to move forward with life. Most support is provided on a one to one basis.

"We built a really good, trustful relationship. They made it so much easier and I can’t thank them enough."

All our family support team members are fully trained and work within Hospice at Home boundaries and the National Bereavement Care Service Standards 2013. They receive support and ongoing training on a regular basis. Our service is for adults of 18 years and over but we can offer advice to younger people about suitable specialist services. Professional counselling is available if there is an agreed need. Usually our support is based on hourly sessions within the home but alternative venues can be offered. We can also help to find services out of Cumbria for those people who live in other areas.

Family support is available to anyone, regardless of whether Hospice at Home is, or was, involved in the care. Perhaps the family support service can help through a difficult time – it is never too late to contact us.

Family Support

Peer Support Group

The team have held a Peer Support Group for over a year. This group is for anyone with a life limiting illness and is currently every other Wednesday afternoon at Dalston. The aim of the group is to bring individuals together and to support each other in a safe place by sharing experiences, information, personal issues, thoughts and struggles.
If you are interested in attending, please contact the team.


Bereavement Together

During National Grief Awareness week in December the team held in Penrith a successful pop up Bereavement café. Following it’s success we are happy to announce the launch of a new group called Bereavement Together that will meet at Penrith Leisure Centre on the last Thursday of every month 1 - 3pm to find out more please use the number below to contact us.

Have you received care from our Family support service?

To enable us to evaluate the family support service, we would be grateful if you could complete the questionnaire below.