Remembering Day Helps Bereaved Children
Local families met on Sunday 26th June to take time to remember their loved ones at the Hospice of the Good Shepherd Remembering Day organised by REFLECT the child bereavement service that provides support for children aged 3 to 18 to people living in the West Cheshire area.
Children and parents enjoyed a day of arts and crafts and games in a relaxed and safe environment. A number of Remembering Days take place throughout the year to give bereaved families the opportunity to make sense of what has happened and tell their own story. Staff and volunteers from the hospice are there to provide reassurance and support to both adults and children that often experience a range of emotions such as: sadness, anger, confusion, fear, loneliness, guilt and disbelief.
The day was full of fun and laughter as the children enjoyed creating and decorating tea light holders and wind chimes to remember their loved ones as well as applying their artistic skills and thoughts through painting on to canvas – where both children and adults left their hand and foot prints which will be put on display in the counselling rooms.
The comments from people throughout the day were positive, one person said, “The first time you come to something like this you feel really apprehensive, but we all really enjoyed it. It was quality time together. I really appreciate it.”
Some parents attend the event several years after losing their loved ones and one person said,
“It was really good to hear parents several years on supporting newly bereaved parents. It’s such valuable Support.”
The Hospice of the Good Shepherd rely on raising over 75% of their cost through the generosity of the local community and businesses. If you would like to support the hospice please contact the Fundraising Team on 01244 851811.