Hospice Supports LGBT Community

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Princess Alice Hospice took part in this year’s Pride in London Parade on Saturday to highlight the importance it places on being there for everyone.

Amongst the fun, sparkles and feathers the eight-strong team from the Hospice were marching in the parade with a serious message about the bereavement care that it provides to the LGBT community.

 

Started earlier this year, the Hospice’s LGBT Bereavement Support Group offers a safe space to talk about the loss of a loved one, whether that’s a partner, parent, relative or friend.  It’s an informal support group which is open to any lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender person who has been bereaved; there does not need to be a previous connection with the Hospice.

Reverend Dr Steve Nolan, the Hospice’s Chaplain, said: “By marching in the Pride in London Parade we hope to send a strong and clear message that hospices are here for everyone; whatever their background or community.

“Our LGBT Bereavement Support Group is very important because so often the LGBT Community can feel disenfranchised.  Going to a bereavement support group is especially daunting because not only are they dealing with loss but they’re having to ‘out’ themselves at the same time to strangers.

“People need time to grieve without additional burdens and this is where our group can help.  Run by an experienced facilitator, it offers a safe place to talk with others who will understand.”

The group meets at the Hospice on every second Wednesday of the month between 11am and 12.30pm.  For further information telephone 01372 461805.

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