Project information

Children's Bereavement Service

Our Specialist children's bereavement service helps children facing the death of a parent or grandparent prepare for what will happen and supports them after the death too. Without support to cope, children can become withdrawn and anxious. We help them start to smile again.

January 2017 - April 2017

Charity information: George Thomas Hospice Care

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  • Need

    Need

    Unresolved grief in children can cause them to become withdrawn, isolated and anxious, and many revert to bedwetting and avoiding school or clubs. They don't know how to explain their feelings to their friends, and are often worried about upsetting their parent / guardian by talking about the person who has died. There is evidence to show that unresolved childhood grief is a factor in the adult prison population.

    Solution

    The Children's Bereavement Project helps children who cannot talk about their feelings, express them creatively through play. We use memory boxes, salt jars, memory stones and worry eaters to help children make sense of what has happened and how they are feeling. Being with other children who have had similar experiences shows them they are not alone. The activities help them create ways to remember and talk about the person who has died.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To support children to deal with the death of a parent or grandparent

    Activities

    » 121 pre and post bereavement and counselling support for children affected by the death of a parent or grandparent
    » Group sessions offering pre and post bereavement and counselling support for children affected by the death of a parent or grandparent

    Children will develop the skills to express their feelings about the death of a loved one; will go away with tools to help them remember and talk about their loved one


  • Impact

    Impact

    Children who are able to talk about their feelings with family and friends will feel less isolated, anxious and afraid. They will use their tools to remember the good things about their loved ones and feel happier. This is demonstrated through reduction in behaviour such as emotional outbursts, bed wetting, avoiding school, getting into trouble and isolating themselves. We will use children's self evaluations, parental / guardian observations and counsellor observations to demonstrate success

    Risk

    The risks are that we cannot provide enough support through this service to cope with demand. This is being addressed by proactively fundraising to provide a service with the capacity to deal with current demand.

    Reporting

    We will report to donors as they request us to do so. This could include a short report, samples of feedback from the children and statistics regarding numbers supported

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,600

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,000 salaries element of counsellor and sessional worker costs
      £500 Materials Art / memory boxes / salt jars / end of group party bags with teddy bears etc
      £100 Catering costs drinks, snacks etc for the sessions
  • Background

    Location

    The Children's Bereavement Service takes place in our hospice centre during the evening to allow children to stay in school as much as possible.

    Beneficiaries

    Children up to the age of 18 facing the death of a parent or grandparent who is a patient of our hospice services

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    George Thomas Hospice Care has been providing our services for 30 years. We are experts in palliative care and bereavement support. Since we first identified a need for specialist children's pre and post bereavement support 7 years ago, demand has more than doubled

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Sarah Bull

    Sarah is our experienced children's bereavement counsellor who has spearheaded the development of this service.