9th August 2016

Teenagers benefit from bereavement activity day


Teenagers experiencing bereavement have taken part in a bespoke support and activity day aimed at helping with aspects of grief they may be facing.

The group joined the morning support session at St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester which was followed by an activity afternoon at Upton Warren adventure centre near Droitwich.

The aim of the day was 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.

St Richard’s Social Worker Hayley Spencer, who helped organise the day said, “this was particularly aimed at supporting teenagers, giving them the opportunity to share and explore their experiences and feelings about their bereavement. By bringing young people together it can often help them feel less isolated and the team building activities were a great way to promote this connection with others.”

She added, “The group benefited from being able to spend time with other young people who have similar experiences but without having to talk in great detail.  Breaking the day into two parts gave them the chance to talk and also have fun. They were very positive about the day and particularly found it helpful using creativity as a way of expressing their thoughts and feelings.”

The 3G swing, mask making and crate stacking also won the thumbs up from the teenagers.

An activity weekend offering bereavement support for younger children and their parent or carer is planned for 20th and 21st August. This will include team building exercises and activities designed to help them look at feelings, memories, support networks and coping strategies for managing the future.

Young people attending the support days are those who have had a loved one cared for by St Richard’s Hospice or are receiving help from Bereavement Support South Worcestershire following a sudden or traumatic death.

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses and supports their families. Each year the hospice team supports over 2,600 patients and family members in Worcestershire with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect.

Patients are cared for in Day Hospice, the 17-bed In-patient Unit or in their own homes by a specialist professional team as well as many trained volunteers.

In the In-patient Unit, specialist staff are on hand 24 hours a day to manage patients’ symptoms and where, if appropriate, patients may spend the last few days of life in comfort and dignity. St Richard’s is an independent charity and is grateful for all donations to help it to continue its work.