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Longfield Hospice

Provides free care, 365 days a year for adults in Gloucestershire living with a life-limiting illness and support for their loved ones
  • Health and Wellbeing

With an award from our COVID-19 Recovery Fund, Longfield Hospice responded to the new and existing need to provide counselling to patients with a life-threatening illness from diagnosis onwards; their family carers and bereaved adults. Sessional counsellors provided sessions both over the phone and in person.

Between April 2021 and February 2022, Longfield Hospice received 216 referrals: including 125 bereaved adults, 56 patients and 40 family / unpaid carers. The aim of the counselling is to help people to improve or regain control of their emotional wellbeing, thereby reducing anxiety and stress. On average, 40 beneficiaries receive counselling support each month.

Service users said:

‘The Counsellor was just what I needed at the time. Talking to her each week has helped me so much. She was kind, caring, patient and most of all professional.’

‘My Grief became overwhelming and the counselling sessions gave me a calm, safe space to share my sadness and fears. I felt cared for and looked after and will always be very grateful – thank you for being so lovely.’

‘My counsellor had great empathy was very calm I was able to tell her about my worries and express my anger and concerns about my distress losing my husband through COVID-19.’

‘The environment provided a safe place in which to express a range of emotions with complete confidence.’

‘Felt someone was supporting me at such a tough time and helping me to deal with physical symptoms of stress, as well as the emotional side.’

To learn more about the work of Longfield Hospice, click here.