Children may experience a number of different feelings when a special person in their life has a life-threatening illness or has died. They can feel disbelief, anger and sadness and they often express these feelings in behaviour rather than words.
Primrose Hospice Children’s Family Support Team are specially trained in listening to and supporting children. All of the staff and volunteers have a background working with children.
The stress of life-threatening illnesses or bereavement causes changes in families and children of all ages will sense the feelings of those around them. The Children’s Family Support Worker will see the child in a comfortable setting. This could be at home, in school or in the Coppice Centre. There are also pre- and post-bereavement support groups the children are welcome to join.
During the year, children supported by Primrose Hospice take part in a residential camp with other children experiencing the loss of a loved one. It is a chance to make new friends, enjoy challenging activities as well as remember their loved ones.
The Family Support Team can also help children create memory boxes and books. It helps them feel close and connected to important people in their lives.
Memory boxes and books can also be used to let a child know things about a person who is seriously ill and may not be around in the future or has died. They can also be a record for children who are too young to understand what is happening, but will cherish the information when they are older.