Once a child has been referred to us and attended an assessment visit, they may be invited to participate in a group programme.
We run a group programme for children aged 5-8. We also aim to help parents/carers as well as children during these suport sessions by providing a listening ear or answering questions, offering resources and helping to talk about bereavement.
We aim to:
- Help children and young people to understand and express their grief in individual ways
- Provide the child with an opportunity to meet other bereaved children
- Help children and families to find positive ways of remembering the person who died
- Educate children and their families about about the grief process
- Help people to talk openly and helpfully about death and bereavement
- Help restore confidence and self esteem in bereaved children
This is a 6-8 session programme for children aged 9-13. After completing the programme, children are encouraged to use the ‘toolkit’ of resources they’ve built up for themselves to manage their grief. Parents and Carers are welcome to use the kitchen space for tea, coffee and conversation whilst the session is running.
The Helping Hands group is run in partnership with Youth Highland, and uses a youth work approach to empower young people to take the lead in managing their loss in healthy ways. The young people are encouraged to set the agenda and build supportive peer relationships. They can decide how much of their own personal experience they share with the group and when. Our current group have been developing a bereavement education resource to share with teachers and other support staff, helping them to learn how to respond helpfully to a bereaved young person. We are excited to begin delivering this resource to staff teams in Highland!