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North Lancashire Counselling Service

…the time to talk
We offer you a very warm welcome

Here at the North Lancashire Counselling Service, we offer counselling to all those looking for support. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, or any other emotional difficulty, our skilled and caring counsellors can help you. If you need advice about a personal issue, or need to be listened to, this is our function.

Conveniently situated in Lancaster’s city centre, we are here for anyone aged 18 or over who feels they need support, regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation. Our counselling rooms provide a comfortable, safe place where you can relax and talk to one of our trained professionals. We offer a calm, secure environment for you to talk to us, in line with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Code of Ethics and Practice. So, you are reassured that whatever you talk about is completely confidential.

Our sole mission is to relieve your emotional stress and suffering, and enhance the mental health and wellbeing of our clients. Our services are tailored to your needs, and delivered in a valuing and respectful way.

All our services are completely free of charge. Donations are welcomed and appreciated from anyone who is willing and able to give.

How can our counsellors help you?
One-Off or Longer Term?
Find out more …

Lancashire County Council Bereavement Advice

You may experience a range of emotional and physical symptoms after your relative or friend has died. Lancashire County Council can help
Bereavement Guide
We have produced a bereavement guide to help those facing the loss of a loved one. This is a step-by-step guide from registering a death, to burial. Please contact the Cemeteries Office if you would like to receive a copy of this guide.


Tell Us Once
The Bereavement Register
Baby Mail Preference Service (MPS)
Child Bereavement UK

St John’s Hospice

The Bereavement Service supports people in North Lancashire and South Lakes catchment area who have been bereaved.
What does the bereavement service offer?

When someone dies who is known to St John’s Hospice and specialist palliative care services, the bereavement team is available to support them.

Since no two people experience loss in the same way there is no way of knowing how this will affect us, or how long it will last. Grief is a natural healing response to bereavement but may cause powerful feelings that can be difficult to understand. Bereavement may also encompass many changes as we adjust to our future without someone who has meant so much to us.

We hold A Time to Remember service here four times a year, to which we invite relatives of those who have been in our care.


What is Bereavement Support?
Information you may find useful…

Macmillan Cancer Support

The Bereavement Service supports people in North Lancashire and South Lakes catchment area who have been bereaved.

Grief is a word for the range of feelings you may have following the death of someone close to you.

Grief can begin before the person dies. You may already have felt a sense of loss. You may have missed the way your relationship used to be and all the things you used to do together.

The thoughts and feelings you have will vary. At times they may be very intense and stop you doing things. At other times they may be in the background and you’ll find you can still do your day-to-day activities.

How you feel and react will depend on a number of different things, including:

  • the relationship you had with the person who died
  • whether their death was expected
  • how they died
  • any previous experience of death you have had.

Some people describe being overwhelmed and even frightened by the intensity of their feelings. Others describe feeling numb and that they can’t believe what has happened. You may have regrets about things you wish you had done or said. Or you may just wish you had more time together. Some people may feel relieved that their relative or friend is no longer suffering.

There is no right or wrong way to feel. Your feelings may change from day to day or even hour to hour. One day you may feel you are coping. The next day you may be overwhelmed by feelings of sadness and loneliness. It is quite normal to have ups and downs like this.

Symptoms of grief
Your feelings
Things you can try that may help
Moving on
Prolonged grief
Call our Support Line

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