Bereavement support is available for children and their families offering a variety of practical and emotional help. Support is provided to children either on a one to one basis or through group work. One to one work is based at St Richard’s Hospice or at the child’s school or college when appropriate.

We run two groups:

The Dragonfly Group is a bereavement support group for children and their parents/carers. Parents and children are supported together on how to manage their feelings, to take part in memory work and to look at coping strategies for the future as a family.

The Inside Out Group is a bereavement support group for children and families bereaved through suicide. This group helps children deal with difficult emotions, identify feelings of grief and enhances problem solving and coping strategies as a family.

We also offer children and their families a chance to attend an activity weekend, or for teenagers, an activity day which features a bereavement workshop alongside an afternoon at an activity centre. This kind of activity encourages discussion around death and how it affects people, but is done in a fun and relaxed way.

Help in schools

The Schools Project was developed to empower teachers and other professionals to support pupils in their grief and enable a more balanced and healthier view of death, dying and bereavement through the school environment. The Schools Project consists of delivering workshops to staff giving an initial introduction to bereavement support.

We offer resources to use with children, discuss signs to look for following a bereavement, how to understand the individuality of loss and grief, communication with children and families, and how and what to say following a bereavement. We can also respond to schools needing support following a sudden bereavement.