Child's hand painting words about grief

When Rebecca’s older brother died tragically, she struggled to express her devastating loss. Thanks to our peer group therapy programme, Rebecca and many other children have learned how to express their grief.

Our non-talking therapy programme - the Mollitiam ProjX – provides six weeks of group therapy for young people, aged 11 to 17 years old, who have been significantly affected by the traumatic bereavement of a loved one.

Rebecca, 13, attended the programme earlier this year and explained the difference it has made to her life.

“I thought that learning to accept my grief meant going through everything alone because barely anyone around me actually gets it and understands how you really feel.

Everyone knows grief is hard, but not everyone understands how hard it actually is

“Everyone knows grief is hard, but not everyone understands how hard it actually is. For different people it means different things, because not one situation is ever the same.

Treetops was there for me, ready to hold my hand every step of the way. They gave us a space where we could be with others who know what you are going through. People who don’t have to ask how or when or why, but who are there if you need it, can give you support, and be a friend.

“I always felt different being around people my age, then on the Mollitiam ProjX, I suddenly felt accepted. Together, it made the light at the end of the hard parts, even brighter.”

Rebecca’s family also recognised the difference the programme made, as dad, Wayne explained:

Young people giving each other a hand massage

This has shown Rebecca that she’s not alone

“The project has shown Rebecca that she’s not alone. She could share common thoughts and feelings with others who have experienced the same tragedy and trauma. This is what makes the project so unique, and vital to young people coming to terms with their emotions.”

Each week, up to 12 young people experience different activities such as equine therapy, drumming therapy, art therapy, yoga therapy and complementary therapy. The sessions are designed to help them understand their grief and how to manage their feelings better. Parents and carers also receive advice and guidance on how to support their child.

Young boy drumming