HiB offers a voluntary, supportive and totally confidential visiting service for bereaved people.
Help in Bereavement was set up in 1979 as a response to the perceived needs of those suffering the grief, loneliness and social isolation caused by losing someone they love. We offer a free visiting service covering Portsmouth, Gosport, Fareham and Havant (SE Hampshire).
HiB Visitors :
- are just ordinary people from all walks of life;
- give their time free of charge, to help people suffering from bereavement;
- have, in many cases, suffered bereavement themselves;
- are DBS checked;
- receive specialised training to recognise the needs of the bereaved regardless of when the bereavement happened.
“We offer support for as long as it is needed.”
We offer support for as long as it is needed. In some cases a state of unresolved grief can go on indefinitely. However long it takes, the objective of the Visitor is the same – to help the bereaved person to reach the point where he or she can pick up the pieces and resume normal contact with the outside world. Apart from the listening service, Visitors can be of practical assistance to the bereaved: helping with form-filling for example, or finding out about local clubs and groups they can join.
Visitors are available to talk to you on the telephone or will be happy to meet you in your own home or at another agreed place.
It is estimated that our Visitors’ contribution to the community amounts to about 4,000 hours per year visiting people on a one-to-one basis and running various support groups.
Our Visitors have made a significant difference to many people’s lives !