Dr Marilyn Relf was presented with the Anne Norfolk Lifetime Achievement Award at the recent Hospice UK Awards ceremony. Congratulations to Marilyn for her well deserved award!
Dr Marilyn Relf is one of the UK’s national pioneers and leading experts in bereavement care and has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to palliative care during her 35-year career at Sobell House.
She led the hospice’s family bereavement service – a ground-breaking service and one of the first of its kind in the UK. She was also Head of Education at Sobell House for 10 years, influencing and teaching hundreds of health and social care staff at the hospice.
Dr Relf, who retires from her position at Sobell House Hospice this year, is, according to staff, renowned for her scientific rigour in understanding issues and interrogating solutions, combined with a “wise, humane, compassionate and creative personality”.
She has published extensively in research papers and books about bereavement care, including ‘Loss and Bereavement’ and is also Chair of the National Bereavement Alliance.
Bereavement support services are an important part of hospice care. Over the past year hospices provided this vital support to 46,000 people, including children.