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How can Pilgrims support my family?

As Mother’s Day approaches, it’s time to reflect on the women in our lives who so often nurture, encourage and care for us.

For anyone who has lost a loved one, or whose family member is living with a life limiting illness, Pilgrims Hospices know that days like these can be difficult.

Here, you will find information about the help Pilgrims can offer you and your family.

I’m a carer

If you’re looking after a family member with a life limiting illness you might not think of yourself as a carer, but it’s often a full-time job.

Pilgrims offer a range of support for carers. Read Sue’s story to find out how her and her husband, John, benefit from our carers programme.

Pilgrims Carers’ Days take place at all three hospices – Ashford, Canterbury and Thanet – once a month. They give you the opportunity to share your experiences in a supportive environment.

Hospice professionals are also on hand to help you cope more easily in your role.

To find out more about Carers’ Days, get in touch.

Together with East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust (EKHUFT), we’ve also put together a carer pack that includes helpful information for carers.

I’ve recently lost a loved one

Though grieving is a natural response to the death of someone close, it can be very distressing and traumatic, so we know it’s important to provide additional support.

Pilgrims support is extended and offered to family, close friends and carers of patients who have been cared for by us.

We offer many forms of bereavement support, including:

  • Bereavement groups
  • Counselling
  • Support for children.

Our Facing Loss booklet, which we send to families after a bereavement, also includes information about local and national resources.


Pilgrims counselling service offers psychological and emotional support to families, carers and friends. This is available both before and after a bereavement.

If you feel unsure that it will be helpful for you, read Sally’s story. She experienced Pilgrims counselling during her husband’s illness and after he passed away.

Give in memory of a loved one

Many people choose to support Pilgrims in memory of someone they love.

Whether it’s setting up a tribute fund or taking part in a remembrance event, we’re here to support you if you choose to give in memory.

Our new Wellbeing and Social Programme is designed to help patients and their families. It aims to enhance their wellbeing in mind and body.

Find out how you can access the range of services we offer.