What is Stepping Stones?

Pilgrims has always provided a full range of bereavement support for the family and friends of those who have died in our care, however, we recognise this is not always the case for the family and friends of those people who die in other settings.

Recognising this need, Pilgrims has collaborated with South Kent Cruse Bereavement Care to develop Stepping Stones, an informal group that will provide welcoming support to many people who may not have had the opportunity to meet previously.

How people die remains in the memories of those who live on.

Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the hospice movement

What can I gain from attending a support group?

Bereavement can often increase feelings of loneliness and isolation. Stepping Stones volunteers can offer you bereavement support. This informal social group provides a welcoming and confidential space for you to share with others in similar situations.

Who runs the support groups?

The group is run by a team of trained volunteers, through a local partnership between Pilgrims Hospices and South Kent CRUSE Bereavement Care.

Attending a support group

The support groups meet every month and are free of charge. We meet in a comfortable lounge area at one of the local Pilgrims' Therapy Centres in Ashford, Canterbury and Thanet. New people can join the group at any point and gain support for up to six months. Information about further supportive services will be available.

Your nearest support group

Pilgrims Hospice Ashford, Hythe Road, Willesborough, Ashford TN24 0NE

First Friday of every month, 5 - 6:30pm.

Pilgrims Hospice Canterbury, 56 London Road, Canterbury CT2 8JA

First Saturday of every month, 3 - 4:30pm

Pilgrims Hospice Thanet, Ramsgate Road, Margate CT9 4AD

Last Friday of every month, 4 - 5:30pm

Free parking is available at each site. Go to the reception, where someone will greet you. We very much hope to welcome you at one of our Stepping Stones groups, please ring 01233 504 127 in advance so that we can expect you.

If this number is unattended, please leave an answerphone message.

Further information

If you would like some more information about the service, please contact us: