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A serious progressive 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 serious progressive 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 the 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 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 the 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 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.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

During this challenging time, we are doing our utmost to continue caring for the patients and loved ones who need us most.

The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.

Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice

  • In-patient Unit: It is with great sadness that due to stringent infection control measures, we are required to restrict visiting and cannot offer the comprehensive level of service in the way we usually do. However, we will still do our utmost to make sure that each patient and loved one is given the compassion and dignity they deserve. To help families stay in touch we are encouraging virtual visiting using technology such as video calls and apps. This will be discussed and explained to patients and families on admission and we can help provide access to equipment in the hospice. In addition, the IPU nursing team will liaise with each patient and family to arrange short daily visits from the patient's closest loved one and compassionate visiting, as appropriate. Read the full details here.
  • Community Nursing: Community services continue to operate, with a mixture of hands-on care and remote support.
  • Living Well and Family Support Services: Switched to virtual model, with care given remotely over the phone or via video call.
  • Shops: All 19 of our shops and warehouse are temporarily closed. Please do not leave donations outside our shops, as we are unable to collect them at this time.
  • Fundraising: All hospice organised events until the end of August have been postponed. If you wish to support us, please donate to our Resilience Fund.

Please do not visit St Richard’s Hospice if you have a high temperature or new, continuous cough. If you have these symptoms, please stay at home and self-isolate for seven days. See NHS advice on coronavirus.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.