St Michael’s Hospice launches new Bereavement Therapy Group 

St Michael’s Hospice in St Leonards on Sea, is thrilled to launch a brand-new Bereavement Therapy Group, Queer Grief. 

This group is a safe space for LGBTQI+ people living in Hastings and Rother, to share experiences of bereavement and grief. As queer people often have to self-censor, this confidential space allows for full expression without fear of judgement in the knowledge that your grief and experiences are shared with others within the LGBTQI+ community.  

Hosted by two Queer Counsellors, the group will run for seven weeks from Thursday 22nd September – Thursday 3rd November (6.30pm – 8pm) and is limited to ten participants.  

Bereavement Services Manager at St Michael’s Hospice, Amalabandhu Chandler, says: “Everyone, at some point, will experience grief in their life. Grief is a universal human experience, but different life experiences can affect the way we grieve. For queer people it can be lonely to be different in a world of heteronormativity and a time of loss for anyone who feels marginalised can be particularly isolating.    

“At St Michael’s Hospice we recognise that coping with grief can be complicated. Queer Grief is a bereavement therapy group for people who identify as gender diverse, trans, non-binary, genderqueer, gender fluid, gender non-conforming etc. This group will provide a safe space for queer people to come together and share the feelings of grief and loss they have been experiencing.” 

To join the group please contact the Hospice’s Bereavement team on 01424 456361 or email