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Hospice launches workshop for young people to remember lost loved ones

12 January 2018
  • Catherine Kiff, Child, Young Person and Family Therapist

St Clare Hospice in Hastingwood, Essex, has launched a new group therapy workshop for children, young people and their families. The workshop will offer a safe place for them to come together with other local families to share favourite memories of their loved ones.

‘Sharing Stories’ is being offered as part of the hospice’s Children and Young People’s Support Service, which launched in May 2017 after a major grant was received from BBC Children in Need.

The sessions will be led by Child, Young Person and Family Therapist Catherine Kiff at the hospice.  The service is open to any child or young person who has experienced bereavement at the hospice. 

Kiffo outlined the Sharing Stories group: 

“When someone close to us dies, there can be a worry that special memories may be forgotten – those happy, funny and unique stories may never be shared between members of a family. Sharing Stories offers a safe place to be able to talk about those hidden and precious memories of a loved one, which are a part of a family’s history.”

“Our workshops aim to be positive and uplifting for participants, supporting children and young people to come to terms with what has happened within the grieving process. Part of the workshop also includes a group facilitator writing up shared stories, for participants to take home their own stories as a keepsake after the course concludes.” 

Commenting on the launch of the new group therapy workshop, she said:

“It is fantastic for us to be able to launch this group for children and young people who have lost someone close to them at St Clare. Remembering a loved one, and learning more about that special person, can provide such a comfort to those who are experiencing bereavement, which is exactly what Sharing Stories aims to offer. We are really looking forward to our first few sessions which we hope will be hugely beneficial to those who attend.”   

The first Sharing Stories sessions will begin in February. To find out more  contact Catherine Kiff or call 1279 773723. 

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