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We recently conducted an evaluation into the current suicide bereavement response in Gloucestershire. To see the results to our questionnaire, please CLICK HERE
To read the EVIDENCE to why this is needed, please CLICK HERE
We now have a bereavement liaison worker who is available to support families who are newly bereaved.
We offer this practical help and support up until the inquest.
We recognise that after a suspected suicide it is incredibly confusing and distressing. Families are left to navigate difficult processes such as the coroners court and inquest. They also have loved ones belongings seized whilst an investigation is carried out by the police. This can be distressing and traumatising, we are here to help families navigate through these difficult times.
Our liasion worker arranges to meet with the family to offer support. We pride ourselves on the personal and needs led service we offer. Our liaison workder finds out what the family needs and then works to ensure ongoing support is in place. The area or level of support each person needs will vary which is why we tailor our support to people's needs or each person and have a flexible and welcoming approach to the services we offer.
Our liaison worker and volunteers often do the 'research' to feedback to families to help take the strain from them. We network with other organisations and services which enables us to signpost or link up families to additional advice or help if and when they need it.
Our liasion worker also advises families about the other bereavement support available to them within Sunflowers and helps connect them up to this support to ensure they are offered emotional guidance, peer support and professional input as they walk this difficult and complex grief journey.
Some of the areas our Liasion Workers has provided support include;
1. Practical advice about the inquest process
2. Contacting relevant agencies to ask for updates for the family
3. Engagement with agencies regarding personal belongings
4. Connecting families with organisations who can offer advice regarding wills, probate and legal matters
5. Establising what documentation families need to submit for banking or other requests
6. Guidance and signposting about who to notify after the death
7. Signposting to other support agencies
The liaison service is only open to indiviudals who are currently living in Gloucestershire and are bereaved by a suspected suicide. This service is funded through donations and only available because of the incredible support from our local community.
We do not charge for any of our support services, but if you wish to donate toward delivery of these, you can do so through our fundraising page, where you will find a DONATE button.
Please also complete our feedback form to help ensure the services we offer are beneficial and enable us to monitor how best to plan in for the future.