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Bereavement support for children

Bereavement support for children

Helping young people through the loss of a parent or grandparent

Our one-to-one bereavement support is available for children and young people as well as adults.  Many of our patients have young families and it is important to them that their children are offered support when they are no longer here.  At a time when it is difficult for children to understand what is happening around them, or where someone has gone, our specialist counsellors can offer support that is tailored for each child, at a location that is best suited to them.  It is not uncommon for our counsellors to provide this type of support in a child's own home or at their school.  Children and young people are encouraged to explore and express themselves through talking, painting, drawing, or play; whatever is best suited to them.  In addition to supporting a bereaved child, we also offer support and advice to the teachers at their school.  This helps to ensure that every child is best supported through the different stages of their bereavement. 

How to be referred
To access any of North Devon Hospice's care and support, please ask your GP to make a referral to North Devon Hospice.  If your family is already being supported by North Devon Hospice, please speak to one of the team who is involved in your care.

Service location
We can offer one-to-one bereavement support in a number of locations.  We have private rooms specifically for counselling at Deer Park in Barnstaple.  We also provide support from the The Long House, our outreach centre in Holsworthy.  In many cases, when supporting children and young people, it is not uncommon for us to offer support in the child's own home or at their school.