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Christmas Day at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice

Author: Catherine Jackson
21 December 2017
  • Catherine Jackson

Catherine Jackson, Acting Care Team Manager Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in Sheffield, writes about creating the best Christmas possible for children and their families.

At this time of year, Bluebell Wood is about creating the best Christmas we can for our families.

Children and young adults will usually be here at this time of year for end-of-life or emergency care, and this year we are supporting two newly bereaved families at the hospice. We want to make what is their worst Christmas the best it can be and help them build some special memories, even in the toughest of times.

Bluebell Wood is a fun place, full of love and warmth, which is a home from home for many of our families. Whether a family want to use the family lounge to make their own Christmas dinner, or join us for Christmas Day in our bigger lounge, they are free to do what they like. Some embrace the idea of being one big family and watch Christmas TV with the others, and others need to have a quieter time. What matters is that they feel as much at home as possible.

On Christmas Day, we leave presents under the tree, there are snow footprints leading up to every child’s door and we join all the tables up in our dining area. One year we were vacuuming up an awful lot of silly string by the end of the day.

Families being supported through end of life treatment will often have been staying for a few weeks leading up to Christmas, and they are able to be themselves here.

For some of our children, Christmas is not celebrated on 25 December. If a family worries that their child will not live until Christmas Day, we bring it forward for them and help them to make special memories in the time they have left together. We have created Christmasses for families in May and August, complete with crackers, turkey and carols.

Christmas at Bluebell Wood is about helping our families to celebrate their time together, and making sure they have happy, festive memories to treasure.

For more information visit Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice

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