NEW resources to help parents, carers and teachers support bereaved children are now available on The Myton Hospices website.
The charity has created the information page for national Children’s Grief Awareness Week which runs from today (Thursday) to November 26. Videos and activities on the page encourage children to open up to their grief. They are also designed to help equip the adults alongside them.
And the theme for this year’s event is, rather aptly, ‘isolation’.
Specialist palliative care nurse Tracey Evans said: “There’s a chance to get creative by taking part in the week’s ‘One More Moment’ remembrance activity. Children may not have been able to express certain thoughts or feelings at the time the person was alive. Or perhaps there’s something they would have liked to have happened. We’re encouraging children to share those thoughts now.”
Children are invited to draw to write in the shape of a heart, to show what they’d do or say if they had one more moment with their loved one. Then, they can send their heart in to Myton where it will join a creative display.
Tracey added: “By showing the hearts for all to see, other children will get a chance to relate to these feelings expressed and not feel so alone in their thoughts.”
A workshop, from The Laura Centre, ‘You’re #NotAlone: Supporting Grieving Children’ will also run on November 25. Book a place via Eventbrite.
One More Moment hearts can be sent to: Tracey Evans, Rugby Myton Day Hospice, Barby Road, Rugby, CV225PY or emailed to Deborah.Frost@mytonhospice.org.
Visit www.mytonhospice.org/notalone for more details.