Children's Grief Awareness Week runs from 19-26 November 2020. It's a chance for us, along with organisations across the UK, to be showing our support for bereaved children in the local community. The theme for the week is tackling isolation and encouraging young people to #SaytheWords and reach out for support. Many bereaved children simply can’t find the words to express their thoughts and feelings.
We offer support to children and young people whose loved ones have a life limiting condition and have been cared for by Willen Hospice. We also offer advice to parents or professionals who are concerned about a child or young person and how they may be coping.
Our service recognises the impact living with a person with a life limiting condition can have on children and young people. We recognise that grief can occur prior to the loss of a loved one. We provide a service pre and post bereavement. We offer one to one and family support as well as signposting to other community resources e.g. Young Carers. We support families by talking to them about children are experiencing.
We enable Young People and Children in getting their ‘voices’ heard and offer them the opportunity to talk about their feelings, concerns and wishes in a safe environment. We continue to offer this support after the death of their loved one to help them create memories that they can treasure later on in their lives. Due to Covid-19 this service is currently very limited but we are planning to develop this area within the Willen Hospice’s Therapeutic and Wellbeing Services. The Hospice is hoping to be able to widen the variety of activities on offer including the use of virtual platforms, to respond to the social, emotional, psychological needs of children and young people.
Sometimes, art therapy can be a useful way to help children and young people explore and process their feelings associated with grief, loss and bereavement. Art therapy may be able to support you and your child to better understand and express your emotions, until you feel ready and able to talk about them.
If you would like to get in touch, please email us at SocialCare@willen-hospice.org.uk or call us on 01908 663636