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Alder Centre - Bereavement Care Services

alder_centre_webThe Alder Centre is a unique, national centre of excellence providing ‘care and education for anyone affected by the death of a child’.

Established in 1989 by a small group of health care professionals in partnership with bereaved parents, The Alder Centre is opposite the Alder Road entrance to the hospital, next to Ronald McDonald House and provides numerous services to bereaved families:

  • Bereavement Care Service
  • Counselling – one to one, couple or family
  • Support Groups for those affected by the loss of a child
  • Volunteer Befriending, offered by bereaved parents
  • The Child Death Helpline, staffed by volunteers and run in conjunction with Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Therapeutic Family Breaks

The loss of your child is possibly one of the worst things that can happen to you. No-one will be able to tell you exactly how it feels, as everyone acts and feels differently. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. The experience of grief involves a range of feelings of numbness, disbelief, anger, guilt, sadness, emptiness, relief and denial. Many feelings may be so mixed up that you wonder if you are going mad or will ever be able to enjoy life again. This is a perfectly normal reaction to the range of emotions involved..

Contact us

Please contact the Alder Centre on: 0151 252 5391 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Thursday or between 9am and 4.30pm on Fridays.

Your comments and experiences

  • I had a baby Olly on 7/8/13 at Manchester and transferred to Alder hey. Olly had hypo-plastic left heart syndrome the staff were brilliant with him in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit but because Olly’s condition was severe we got transferred to Newcastle Freeman hospital as olly underwent his heart surgery he came back the ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) sadly olly lost his fight on the 04/09/13 we can’t thank all the nurses doctors everyone enough for what they did for us and Olly

  • My baby girl demi Marie died in alder hey March 1st 2011 she was taken ill with h1n1 virus and was on a ventilater for about 2 months before we found she had a stroke and bleed on the brain while sedated and then we found she was fighting a rare form of cancer she fought all her life fitted with a micky button she was an inspiration to us all

  • I had a 10 day old grandaughter die at alderhey recently and the support my daughter has had from the staff at the bereavement centre has been really good the staff do an amazing job in extremely heartbreaking circumstances

  • i had a 3 week old baby in this hospital and sadly he died but the staff at alder hey supported me and my partner through this the bereavement centre was amazing the staff was so supportting defitnitly the best hospital to use the staff are so nice

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