Bereavement support - for children aged 6-17 years old

We offer short-term bereavement-focused counselling support to any bereaved child in our catchment area (Seaford, Hailsham, Uckfield, Heathfield, Pevensey and Eastbourne).

When someone who is important to us dies, it can leave an empty space in our lives and it is natural to experience strong or mixed feelings. It can sometimes impact on our concentration when we are trying to study, affect our sleep, change the relationships we have with others and cause feelings that might be new to us.

Other children and young people we have supported have told us:

That they felt safer, knowing that bereavement happens to other children.

That they worried less, improved their concentration at school and had a better understanding of how the person had died.

Parents told us:

That they saw a reduction in outbursts of anger, relieved physical symptoms of grief (stomach aches, headaches and feeling sick) and that their relationships became closer.

Who you would see for one-to-one support and what to expect

Our Bereavement Volunteers bring a variety of experience to their work for the hospice. They are carefully selected and undergo training, which includes learning about bereavement and the effect that loss can have on our lives. Their work is regularly supervised by experienced staff.

The Bereavement Volunteer will initially meet with you for about an hour. At the end of this first meeting, you will decide on how you will work together.

Who to contact for one-to-one bereavement support

Please contact Ella Williams, Family Support Co-ordinator, on 01323 434257