The Grange Bereavement Room

2wish and Bereavement/ Family Rooms

On October 17th, we proudly opened our latest bereavement room, located at the critical care unit of The Grange in Cwmbran. Bereavement rooms have been an instrumental part of 2wish’s service since the charity’s inception in 2012.

Whilst no facilities can lessen the grief and anguish bereaved families may feel, these rooms are designed to give families a private and comforting space, where loved ones can wait for news, and when necessary, be together to say their final goodbyes.

Kimberly Connick, who’s father-in-law passed away at The Grange’s ICU recently and used the bereavement room, said: “The Family Room provided a little sanctuary for my family during our final days with my father-in-law. It felt almost like a home from home.”
The care that bereaved families receive in hospital following the death of their child is crucial. Small details can mean a great deal to recently bereaved parents and families and the environment in which care is delivered is of particular importance.


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Kathryn Oliver, Senior Nurse at The Grange University Hospital, said: “Having a loved one in critical care can be a very difficult time, often leaving families and close ones afraid, anxious and uncertain. So much thought went into the planning of the room to ensure it is as comfortable and friendly as possible, taking away the hospital surroundings and offering a calm, peaceful space for families to spend time.”

The Start of an An Incredible Relationship

Thanks to the help of Swansea-based EBM ltdSpace Group in Gloucester and Hertfordshire Altro, the rooms have been refurbished and fitted out with new furniture, allowing them to be a safe haven for families who have suffered a bereavement at the hospital.

EBM Group has committed to help refurbish and furnish multiple rooms in hospitals around Wales as a way to thank 2wish. EBM Group owner Gethin Edwards is himself a bereaved uncle and his family was supported by 2wish at their time of need.

Gethin explains that this is his way of giving back and helping others who have been through what his own family has: “I initially came across 2wish at a business event a few years ago. Rhian Mannings was a speaker at the event, and I remember that Rhian’s story had left a profound impression, not just on me but on everyone in the room. I particularly remember the bereavement boxes and the small plush elephants.

“Fast forward to June of last year in the hospital with my brother and his wife, witnessing the moment they were told the most heart-wrenching news any parent could ever hear about their beloved 13-year-old son. I saw first-hand how these small items brought great comfort to them notwithstanding the Counselling they have received since.”

Gethin added: “In business, it is easy to write a cheque or make a donation to charity. By making a commitment to help the charity deliver bereavement rooms, this is my way of giving back.”

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Our Founder and CEO Rhian Mannings discussed the importance of family rooms and expressed her deep gratitude for the recent support 2wish has received to make this and many more bereavement rooms possible: “Having a quiet place for families to sit whilst waiting for news of a loved one is so important. When the news is difficult to hear, both families and supporting staff need a place like the room that 2wish has provided at The Grange Hospital. It is homely, despite being in a clinical setting, the colours are calming, and the room will provide much comfort to families.

“2wish couldn’t have done it without the generous support of Gethin and Simon from EBM Group of Companies, Ian Bidmead from Space Group and Cheryl Clarke from Altro, as well as Friends of Hope. It’s by working together with companies, hospital staff and families, we have created a place that we know will help so many.”

Ian Bidmead, Managing Director of Space Group, explained why his company supports 2wish: “As a father and stepfather of six, losing a child is my, and probably every parent’s greatest fear in life. When I heard about 2wish and the amazing service it provided to families in that situation, it was an easy decision for Space to support it. We supply millions of pounds of commercial furniture into all every type of establishment you can possibly think of but seeing the sofa and chairs in that beautifully appointed bereavement room in The Grange Hospital gave me as much satisfaction as anything else we’ve supplied, knowing how it will be used.

“We are looking forward to supporting 2wish with many more bereavement rooms to come.”

Cheryl Clarke of Altro added: “At Altro, charitable works and support is a core value within our business. As such, we are delighted to be working in collaboration with 2wish and play a small part in the delivery of its vision to provide bereavement rooms across Wales for families and individuals in need of support.

“Altro donated wood adhesive free loose lay vinyl flooring, chosen to minimise disruption to the surrounding areas, with the end goal to provide a warm, homely nonclinical feel, with safety and comfort in mind. A project close to all involved, that we are very proud to be a part of.”

We would also like to give special thanks to Friends of Hope, a Community Group that every year picks local charities to fundraise for and chose 2wish and the bereavement room at The Grange. Tina Donovan, Friends of Hope member, explained: “We asked 2wish what was really needed and they said the bereavement room at The Grange and memory boxes, so this is what we focused on.”

Friends of Hope raised nearly £3,000 to fund the development of the bereavement room at The Grange and to help us continue to create our memory boxes.

Looking Forward

We are incredibly proud to be able to provide these spaces to those who need some comfort in their darkest moments. The opening of this bereavement room at The Grange in Cwmbran was wonderful occasion that marks the start of a cherished relationship and the stunning new look of our bereavement room going forward. We cannot wait to continue providing these facilities and creating calm, comforting spaces to more and more families in their time of need.

More images of our new look bereavement rooms

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