The third and final season of Ricky Gervais’ After Life has finally dropped on Netflix and as we watch Gervais’ character, Tony, navigate through heart-breaking grief we reflect on what bereavement means at Demelza.
“Hope is everything”
At Demelza’s Kent hospice we’re fortunate to be able to offer children, parents, staff and volunteers alike, access to the Garden of Tranquillity.
Speaking about a family event she once hosted, Jo says: “One parent had the opportunity to talk in the garden, walking with a volunteer [from the Bereavement Team] whilst sharing their experience and how they were feeling before spending time alone with her own thoughts and choosing to read a story to her child from one of the peaceful gazebos. After taking in the space, the parent joined us again expressing thanks for treating her with such gentleness and allowing her the time to ‘just be’. ‘Just being’ is such a precious event that is often not afforded to us, but one which is needed in order to begin to make sense of the world around us.”
The benches within the garden offer up a moment to breathe and pause. To ‘just be’, to reflect or talk to someone.
CALM X After Life
Suicide prevention charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) teamed up with Netflix for the launch of the new season. Together they have installed 25 benches across the UK, including one in Victoria Park, Ashford, Kent.
Bereavement suite at Demelza
Find out more about us refurbishing and modernising our Bereavement Suites in Eltham Hospice, South East London, looking for voluntary assistance from skilled trades workers.
Bereavement counsellor jobs at Demelza
Bereavement counsellor jobs at Demelza offer the unique opportunity to support children, young people and family members through the processes of grief, loss and change.
Meet the newest members of our Family Support team
Introducing Anna Sillett (Family Liaison Lead) and Jo Burton (Bereavement Lead and Counsellor), who both joined our Family Support Team in March 2020.