Our bereavement support for children
Our Family Support team is here for the young family members of our patients following bereavement. We know caregivers want to understand how they can help young people deal with loss also, so we support teachers and adult family members with this too.
Everyone grieves differently, and children and young people process their feelings very differently from the way adults do. That’s why we tailor our bereavement support to be as flexible as possible, based around what children might need, when and where they need it. Read on to learn more about the ways we can help.
Talking therapies for children following bereavement
One-to-one sessions with our experienced children’s support volunteers or specialist counsellors can give bereaved children the emotional support they might need. Our specialist children’s therapists can also offer whole family support to help everyone through their grief after losing a family member.
Group support for bereaved children
Our children’s support group provides friendship and play sessions for children and siblings of our present and past Rennie Grove patients.
Support for teachers, parents and other caregivers
We’re also here to help any grown-ups in a child’s life support them through their grief. For example, we can offer teachers guidance on how to support a grieving child at school.
Our bereavement support for children is provided by our Children and Young People’s Support service, one of the four services that comprise our Family Support services. You can read more about this service here.
Like all Rennie Grove services, our Family Support Services are completely free of charge. They’re not means tested and there’s no cost to the patient or their family. We can deliver the services thanks to the generosity of the local community. In short, donations, charity shop income and fundraising events cover 91% of our charity’s running costs.
You can learn more about how we fund our service, and easy ways you can help too, on the Our funding and accounts page.
Our bereavement support for children is provided through our Children and Young People’s Support service, which forms part of our Family Support services. It is available to families of former Rennie Grove patients and you can contact the Family Support team directly to ask for support; there is no need to obtain a referral from a clinician.
Here’s how to get in touch with Family Support:
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Children and Young People’s Support
the children and young people’s support team supports children and young people facing life-changing illness or bereavement
emotional and practical support for patients, carers, family members and the bereaved
Bereavement support for adults
supporting those dealing with grief, loss and bereavement in Bucks and Herts