Children's Grief Awareness Week
15th November 2018
Thursday 15th November sees the start of World Children's Grief Awareness Week.
The week is a chance for everyone to come together to show their support for bereaved children across the UK and organisations such as KEMP Hospice, and others across the UK will be raising awareness of grieving children in their communities, and those supporting them.
The theme for the Week is #RememberWhen – encouraging families to share memories together of the person who has died. Whether it’s a place, a joke, a food or a story, giving children and young people a chance to talk about their loved one, and to find out more about them from friends and family.
At KEMP Hospice we are immensley proud to have a Family Support Team that helps Wyre Forest district families dealing with bereavement. Part of KEMP's Family Support is the KEMP for Kids team who support children and young people.
Recently a number of youngsters from the Wyre Forest and North Worcestershire took part in an activity camp for bereaved children, oraganised by KEMP for Kids.
Seventeen youngsters, all supported by KEMP Hospice in the Wyre Forest & Primrose Hospice in Bromsgrove, took part in an outdoor activity weekend. During the weekend, the children also took part in therapeutic activities and families came together at the end for a moving ceremony where they placed a leaf dedicated to their loved one on a memory tree.
All of the children have been receiving bereavement and grief counselling following the death of a parent, sibling or close family member.
Dean Roberts-Lowe, from KEMP Hospice, took part in the weekend as a volunteer: “The weekend was fantastic. It gave the children the chance to not only share their stories and #RememberWhen moments but also, and I personally think crucially, it gave them the chance to just be a child again. I was amazed at the strength and bravery of some of these children and the support that they received from other kids taking part in the camp. These are, for the most part, children who had never met each other before and I like to think that after the weekend they gained new friends and realised that they are not going through bereavement alone...there are other children like them on the same journey."
Camps are free for both parents and children to attend and it is with thanks to the generous people of the region that these crucial camps can go ahead, funded through donations to the hospice.
KEMP Hospice requires around £1.4million a year to operate, and to be able to offer its services free-of-charge.