Here at Birmingham St Mary’s, we offer free confidential, emotional support to children and young people when a loved one is living with a life-limiting illness or they have sadly died. This includes one-to-one support as well as group sessions.
The team consists of our children’s bereavement workers, Sally and Sam, who all have lots of experience in supporting children through difficult times, and are passionate about helping children on their journey of grief.
We have a children’s room and a counselling room (for older children), where we use a variety of therapeutic activities and resources to help children find ways of expressing their feelings and look at coping strategies.
The support our service provides helps families capture precious memories of the person they love.
We have remembrance events at the Hospice, which give children the opportunity to meet other children going through a similar situation. The memory event offers therapeutic activities that lead into a beautiful remembrance ceremony.
Support for everyone
We also run groups for children, young people and their families who aren’t currently receiving help from the Hospice but have been bereaved and are looking for support. The groups provide an opportunity for both you and your child to experience peer support and talk to others who have been in similar situations.
If you’d like to talk to someone and learn more about how we can help your child through this difficult time, please contact our Children’s Service on 0121 752 8753 or email us using email@example.com.
Our new drop-in sessions held regularly in the Butterfly Lounge at Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice give you flexible access to our Children’s Service team. However, due to COVID-19, no dates are currently available, please get in touch with us above to hear when our drop-in sessions will be available again.
To find out more about these sessions, please click here to see our poster.
With everything going on, your children may have lots of questions about COVID-19. Here are our tips for how to support children and young people during this time.
You can download our booklet with information on supporting children who have lost a loved one – The Ground Feels Wobbly
In addition, here is a quick guide for teenagers coping with the loss of a loved one.
Click here to download a booklet all about the services we provide at the Hospice.
Read The Stay Home Superheroes, a free online e-book to help explain the current situation to primary school-age children.
The Hospice also offers training in schools enabling staff to feel better equipped in supporting bereaved children, and children who are facing a loss. To find out more about this, please get in touch on 0121 752 8753 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would also like to say a special thank you to Children in Need for providing vital funding to enable us to support children in Birmingham and Sandwell.