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Project information

Bereavement Support Service and Resources

We are seeking funding for a range of specialist amenities and resources to support our new Bereavement Support Programme. The programme is targeted at vulnerable families who have suffered the loss of a beloved child, offering 1:1 care to individual family members as well as the collective unit.

April 2017 - September 2021

Charity information: Sebastian's Action Trust

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  • Need


    To provide holistic support to families who have suffered the loss of a beloved child. We have been able to secure funding to provide specialist workers to deliver one-to-one work with siblings but we now want to extend this provision to parents, to provide vital resources and develop peer support groups which can be used to help families during the most challenging of times.


    The project will fund resources for families to help them explain grief and loss to bereaved siblings and other family members, recognising the potential differences in culture, faith, perspectives on death and personal belief. In addition the funding will help reduce social isolation suffered by such families by providing a peer support group which will offer activities and interaction for siblings, parents and whole families.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reduce the isolation and despair felt by parents, siblings and carers at this time.


    » Develop and facilitate a support group so that parents and carers can meet and benefit from mutual support of those who really understand.

    What success will look like

    Feedback from the support group and monitoring will enable us to understand whether or not this is having an impact.

    Aim 2

    To provide resources to help families understand and live with their grief.


    » We will provide resources which will help families to understand the grieving process and in so doing will feel more empowered to live with loss.

    What success will look like

    Feedback from parents and carers as well as information from specalist support workers will help to measure whether parents and carers feel more resilient as a result.

  • Impact


    The long term change that we hope to see as a result of this project is an improvement in the mental wellbeing of families who use the service. We are also hoping to see a reduction in feelings of isolation and an improvement in people's understanding of their response to grief.


    The risk to this project is the continuation of funding for the specialist workers who will coordinate the work. To mitigate against this we will ensure that our Community Fundraising Team works to secure funding from within the community so that the post can be funded into the future, even after the initial funding ends.


    All donors will receive a thank you letter, highlighting the impact of their donation and the change that it has enabled. In addition donors will receive a copy of our Newsletter and E-news as well as regular up-dates via social media.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £13,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,500 Resources Information about bereavement which can be lent to parents and carers
      £5,000 Support group Monthly support group for bereaved parents
      £2,500 Art and music workshops Holding 12 workshops for parents to explore non verbal expressions of grief
      £3,000 Grief retreat A weekend away enabling bereaved parents to share, develop peer support and explore coping mechanism
  • Background


    The project will be located at our Family Services Hub in Crowthorne and at our respite facility in Hampshire. These places offer a chance for families to spend time with trained professionals and receive advice, guidance and support within one accessible enviorment.


    Families across the UK who have lost a child are able to access these services although it is expected the majority of those who will benenifit will come from accross Berkshire, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Hampshire.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are a Queen's Award winning charity which puts families of seriously-ill and life-limited children at the heart of everything we do. As a charity run by families for families we understand need and can provide empathic support. Of our paid workforce 40% have direct experience of caring for a seriously-ill child, or are bereaved themselves.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Philippa King

    Bereavement Support Co-ordinator and counsellor. Providing one-to-one and group support to bereaved families.