“What am I supposed to tell them?” Preparing children for the death of a loved one
Meet Sally and Sam, Children’s Therapeutic Practitioners at Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice. They work with children and young people when a loved one is living with a life-limiting illness or when they have sadly died. For Dying Matters Awareness Week, they share their insight into how children grieve and what families can do to help […]
“I was determined that Dad was going to die in a good place”
To mark the start of Dying Matters Awareness Week, Simon Fuller, Chief Executive of Birmingham St Mary’s and John Taylor Hospices reflects on his father’s death and what he learned first-hand from the experience: the importance of being with him when he died, the healing power of a family funeral where everyone can play a […]
“At the Hospice, for the first time it feels like everybody’s on my side.”
Family man, Adnan Saeed “Sid”, was referred to the Hospice in August 2020. During the pandemic, the Hospice felt like the safest place for him to be, not just from Covid, but from the whole world.
Time to Remember
Marking the National Day of Reflection on 23rd March, Beth Hopkins, Bereavement Counsellor at the Hospice talks about the importance of marking anniversaries and letting people who are grieving know they are not alone.
Ian, a sports loving, busy single parent, will be stepping his way to raise vital funds for Hospice care by taking on a virtual Lands End to John O’Groats Walk/Run in memory of his late wife, Ailsa. Find out the journey he is taking this year…
Run Brum Crew’s Story
Last year the members of the fantastic Run Brum Crew took to the neighbourhoods and streets of Brum to raise vital funds for Hospice Care! Here is how they took the challenge in their stride…
Pauline took on the NOvember challenge and gave up biscuits and cakes for the month to raise funds for the Hospice. Here is Pauline’s story, as we say a big #BSMHThankYou during our February appreciation month…
Ella and Leah’s story
As part of our February Appreciation Month, we are highlighting some of our fantastic supporters, who have taken part in some incredible fundraising for the Hospice during a challenging year for us all. This week we would like to say a #BSMHThankyou to Ella & Leah.
Catherine and Eva’s Story
Catherine and Eva decided to celebrate their mum and granny’s anniversary by baking together and selling their sweet treats to neighbours to raise funds for the Hospice. Read more about their fundraising…
“I wasn’t expecting staff to care so much for me and my family too”
When Rebecca passed away, Eva and I were with her. It was very quick, and we were both able to hold her hand, to tell her that we loved her and that all her friends and family did – Nathan
A Day in the Life of our Hospice Heroes
Blog post written in partnership with Neo Cremations. Find out what a day in the life looks like for the Hospice’s Partnerships Manager, Helen, and Palliative Care Social Worker, Emily .
What I learnt about making a will, as a complete beginner…
Will writing is a topic that very rarely crops up in everyday conversation, but is something that we all should be aware of.