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Local bereavement support service offering advice to people this Christmas

Local bereavement support service offering advice to people this Christmas

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 7:47am 10th December 2019. (Updated at 4:56pm 10th December 2019)

A local bereavement support service Just ‘B’ is offering advice to people this Christmas

  • Just 'B' is a service provided by Saint Michael’s Hospice.
  • It offers advice and supports people who might find the holiday period difficult.
  • Expert tips have been made available here.  

Just ‘B’, a service provided by Saint Michael’s Hospice, provides services to children, young people and adults affected by any kind of bereavement and offers support for wider emotional wellbeing.

As Christmas approaches, Just ‘B’ is offering the community useful tips on how to look after themselves at across the festive season, which can be a particularly busy time where emotions are intensified.

Sarah Applewhite, Adult Bereavement Manager said:

“For many Christmas can be a lonely or isolating time, particularly for people experiencing bereavement – whether their significant person died recently or many years ago. Christmas can set up unrealistic expectations, and this can be overwhelming for many people, who feel pressure to ‘get into the spirit’ of things and have fun, when in reality they may be experiencing many complex emotions around their grief.

After a bereavement there are many ‘firsts’ people experience – birthdays, anniversaries and holidays. For those spending their first Christmas without that important person, Sarah says: “Don’t bottle up your grief; embrace the memories of the person who has died, talk about them and give yourself permission to cry as and when you need to."

What is Just 'B'?

Just ‘B’ is available to anyone in the Harrogate district who is struggling with bereavement, no matter how their significant person died.

People using the service have been bereaved through a variety of ways, including suicide, murder, road traffic accident and terminal illness.

Who can access the support?

We offer support free of charge to children, young people and adults.

We are able to offer a range of support to meet individual need, including information, individual, family and group support, and access to counselling where appropriate.

Where can I access Just 'B'?

We offer support at our two bespoke Just ‘B’ premises at Burton House on Hookstone Oval, (Children and Young People services) and Starbeck (Adults services).

Services normally operate by appointment between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday, with several evening sessions a week and for children and young people, it may be possible to organise weekend sessions.

In contrast to other services offered by Saint Michael’s, people can refer themselves or a loved one to Just ‘B’.

We also accept referrals from a wide range of other people, including GPs, schools and agencies involved with wellbeing of children, young people and adults.



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