Coping with dying

To help with anxiety and uncertainty.

A guide to our services

Read information about the range of services and support we provide for people with life limiting conditions in Brentwood, Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and parts of West Essex.

A guide to Saint Francis Hospice

This guide has been created for people with learning disabilities to help you understand:

  • what to expect when visiting the hospice

  • how we can help you if you have an illness that can't be cured

  • how to speak to your doctor

  • and what to do if you feel scared, sad or worried.

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Feelings book for children
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Coping with bereavement on anniversaries and special occasions
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Talking about dying with children

We can't protect children from death. They encounter it all the time - whether its a mouse brought in by a cat or a grandparent dying. We need to talk to children about dying so myths don't take over and so they don't feel isolated or guilty about what they think.

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Supporting bereavement

It can be difficult to know what to do or say to someone you know has lost someone close. People who have lost a loved one need lots of support - even if it doesn't look that way.

Staying at the Hospice and visiting information

Find out more about staying on the Hospice ward and everything you need to know about visiting

Let's talk about dying

Talking about death doesn't bring death closer. It's about planning for life and helping us make the most of the time we have.

Talking about dying with people affected by dementia

Providing end of life care for people with dementia is a key part of good quality care, but many people put things off until its  too late, often missing opportunities that could lead to an improved quality of life. 

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Family Support Services

Practical and emotional advice and guidance

When someone you love is seriously ill

Advice and other recommended reading

What is Hospice at Home?

Saint Francis Hospice - Hospice at Home

Complementary Therapy

Our complementary therapy services

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Crisis support

Specialist crisis support services

Bereavement counselling

Advice and support services

Support after someone dies

Practical and emotional guidance

A guide to giving the gift of sight

Donating sight can help people to see again