City Hospice

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 Without support to cope, children can become withdrawn and anxious.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.

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It ran from 12:00 AM, 1 January 2017 to 12:00 AM, 1 April 2017

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1023311)

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Unresolved grief in children can cause them to become withdrawn, isolated and anxious, and many revert to bedwetting and avoiding school or clubs.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.