Cruse Bereavement Care offers support to all members of society, including people who are imprisoned. In conjunction with the Prison Service, we deliver a service which supports bereaved prisoners both as they serve their sentence.
The aim of providing this support is to work towards a reduction in re-offending rates and to promote resettlement back into the community. The service is delivered by trained Cruse volunteers and supervisors.
What does the Prison Support Service provide?
The Cruse Prison Support Service provides bereavement support to prisoners over the age of 18 who are finding it difficult to cope with their grief while serving their sentence, whether their bereavement is recent, or some time ago. Grieving in prison can be extremely difficult due to the separation from the normal family unit and its support, which means that often prisoners stand the least chance of coming to terms with bereavement than any other group in our society.
For more information on why grieving in prison can be difficult, you can read our ‘Grief on the Inside’ leaflet - coming soon.
Who do we provide support to?
Currently, our Bereavement Support Volunteers support male prisoners in both HMP Channings Wood and HMP Exeter. The service is available to any prisoner who has been bereaved. If you know someone in prison who might benefit from bereavement support, please contact the Prison Support Manager, who will be able to provide you with information on how that person can access the service within their prison or email our Devon Area Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org.