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A life limiting illness can cause enormous changes within a family. Children of all ages will sense the feelings of people around them, every child will have different needs depending on their age and development, but they will all need information, reassurance, and the opportunity to express their feelings.

Our service is able to support families as a whole or individuals within the family at what can be a very difficult and stressful time. We offer advice on how to give honest information to children in a safe way and how to handle questions, which can be difficult to answer when someone is unwell, or when a family is bereaved.

children-and-familyChildren are given the opportunity to join a group where they meet with other children who are going through similar experiences, it can be very helpful to know that they are not the only ones facing such difficulties.

Our professional team will work closely with other hospice professionals, GPs, health visitors, schools and other voluntary agencies in order to support children and their families.

Waterbugs- for children and families
This group is for children and their well parent / carer when a loved one has a life threatening illness. Families benefit from professional and peer support, meeting people in a similar situation and with similar issues.  The group runs once a month (every second Monday of the month) and is from 17:30 – 19:00. Group members must be known to St Richard’s Hospice.  Contact Rebecka Klingstedt, Family Support Team.

Dragonfly Group – for children and families
This group is for bereaved children and their parent or carer. Families benefit from professional and peer support, meeting with people in a similar situation and with similar issues. The group is available to families known to St Richard’s Hospice and Bereavement Support South Worcestershire. The group meets on Thursdays fortnightly for six sessions from 17:30 – 19:00. Contact Hayley Spencer in the Family Support Team.

The groups were named after Doris Stickney’s tale: “Waterbugs and Dragonflies : Explaining Death to Young Children”.

Inside Out – for children and families

This group is for families bereaved through sudden death and trauma. Families benefit from professional and peer support, meeting with people in a similar situation and with similar issues. The group meets on Thursdays fortnightly for six sessions from 17:30 – 19:00. The group is available to families known to St Richard’s Hospice and Bereavement Support South Worcestershire. Contact Gemma Purnell, Family Support Team.

We also offer:

bespoke support and activity days for teenagers experiencing bereavement. The aim of the day is to support young people who have been bereaved, helping them to build relationships, to talk about their feelings and to meet others in similar situations. The day is available to young people known to St Richard’s Hospice and Bereavement Support South Worcestershire. Contact Rebecka Klingstedt / Hayley Spencer / Gemma Purnell in the Family Support Team.

  • Bespoke support and activity days for children and their parent / carer experiencing bereavement. The aim of the weekend is to support families who have been bereaved, helping them to build relationships, to talk about their feelings and to meet others in similar situations.  The two day weekend is available to young people known to St Richard’s Hospice and Bereavement Support South Worcestershire.