Support for families

Your family may need support and we can help them too. We can offer practical, emotional and spiritual support to the family members of people being cared for at the hospice.

Visitors’ facilities

We have several comfortable areas where families can relax. Our visitors’ area has facilities for families to make drinks and snacks. We can accommodate your family if they would like to stay overnight.

Training for carers

We offer a two-hour training session for carers to provide them with strategies and resources to enable them to best support their family member and to take better care of themselves.

This is currently offered to carers of patients in our hospice and training is delivered by a Nurse Consultant and a social worker.

Details of the next training are displayed on the Patient and Carers Information Board in the hospice reception.

Emotional support

Our experienced and trained social workers provide emotional and psychological support to patients and families as they adjust to their changing circumstances and begin to deal with their losses. Through getting to know patients and families individually, including children and grandchildren, they will focus on how to best support each family.

Appointments can be arranged with the social workers by contacting the hospice.

Bereavement support for families

We provide bereavement support for families dealing with the loss of someone close who received care from Marie Curie.

This can be one-to-one support from our trained bereavement support volunteers or group support. We also have a card-making group and are hoping to start an art group, these groups occur weekly on a Thursday between 10:30am and 12:30pm in our hospice.

We also run a family night for bereaved families with children, on the last Monday of the month between 7pm and 9pm. This is run jointly with Cancer Focus and is an opportunity for families to come together. The children do activities and the adults have a coffee and a chat.

How to get support for families

Services are open to family members of patients who received care in our hospice or attended day therapy.

Families who had contact with the Marie Curie Nursing Service within the Belfast and South Eastern Trust can also avail of our services.

More services at the Marie Curie Hospice, Belfast

We also offer in-patient carespiritual care and day services.

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