Hospice at Home West Cumbria provides a range of services to patients, carers, and their families. These services are available both before and after bereavement. Our team helps with coping, loss, grief, and bereavement. Our highly qualified staff and volunteers support patients, carers, and families by providing complementary therapies, one-to-one sessions and group support.

Services include:

One-to-one support

One-to-one support offers people a place to talk and reflect with someone outside their immediate family or friends. It can help to relieve the distress associated with loss and grief. We are able to offer one-to-one support to patients, carers, and family members.

Group support

Separate groups for patients, carers and those bereaved which connect people with similar experiences and provide an opportunity for people to share thoughts, feelings, and coping strategies in a safe and supportive environment.

Complementary Therapies

Complementary Therapies can help relieve stress, tension, sleeplessness, anxiety, and aid relaxation.

Hospice at Home West Cumbria can offer a range of complementary therapies including:

  • Therapeutic massage
  • Reflexology
  • Reiki
  • Distant Reiki
  • Breathing and relaxation
  • Mindfulness
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
 “The group has opened private doors to share information that I cannot share even with my long-term friends. I feel that I have known you all my life … thank you”

Where is The Support Provided?

One-to-one support and complementary therapies are provided in the individual’s own home, a residential care home, nursing home or a community hospital.

We also have our own Therapy and Information centre in Workington where we offer group support sessions in addition to the one-to-one sessions and complementary therapies.


Our Senior Complementary Therapist, Claire Jenkinson, has made some recordings talking about how breathing and relaxation play a big part in a patient’s treatment, helping them benefit more from the treatments they are receiving:

Complementary Therapy recordings

Claire has also provided some documents on how to cope with stress and breathing:

Tips on coping with stress and breathing

How Do I Access the Service?

Referrals to our Family & Bereavement Support Team can be made through:

  • GP
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists in Palliative Care
  • Community Nurses
  • Families and Patients
  • Self-referral

When an individual is referred to the Family & Bereavement Support Team there is an initial assessment undertaken which will identify appropriate support options.

The Family & Bereavement Support Team work alongside other health & social care professionals to ensure a fully integrated approach.

“An invaluable service provided by truly amazing caring people, I don’t think I would have coped during the last year without them”

What is the Cost?

Family & Bereavement Support services are provided FREE of charge.

How Can You Get in Touch?

If you would like any further advice about this service please call Hospice at Home West Cumbria, Workington Community Hospital on 01900 705200 or use our contact form.