The outbreak of COVID-19 means that many aspects of children’s lives are changing. It is likely that children and young people will be hugely affected by what is going on around them at this difficult time. Children who have been bereaved could find this particularly hard because their feelings about these changes may mirror their grief.
Our Therapeutic Services Team have developed a helpful guide to ‘Supporting Children and Young People during the Coronavirus pandemic’ which you can download here.
Just like adults, children and young people who have lost someone important may find themselves struggling with a powerful range of emotions. Grieving children and young people may start behaving differently. Often there may be problems with school, sleep, feelings of anger and anxiety, and family relationships.
With support and information, children and young people can be helped to understand what has happened and can learn to live with their loss.
The service is available to children (under 18) and their families, who are registered with a GP practice in Derby city or the southern Derbyshire area, or have used Treetops Hospice Care services.
The bereavement may have occurred at any time in the past and many of our referrals are in relation to unexpected and/or traumatic bereavement.
The service is available for as long as the child, young person or family need them in relation to dealing with their loss. Once sessions end there is always the possibility of taking up further support should the need arise.
A team of qualified counsellors, student counsellors and trained bereavement support volunteers offer:
- Sessions with children and young people to help them explore their grief and any related problems
- Family sessions which often focus on communication and sharing emotions
- Support to parents/carers in terms of understanding and responding to their child’s grief.
The Cheetham Centre at Treetops Hospice Care has three well-equipped family rooms for therapeutic work with children and teenagers. However, in exceptional circumstances and if it can be resourced, sessions can sometimes take place in the family home or in schools if that is more appropriate.
I have noticed a positive change in my daughter. I feel that by contacting you I have given her the extra support she needed at the time she needed it.
How it works
All services are provided free of charge, and are not means-tested.
The service is available to all users of Treetops Hospice Care services and people registered with a GP practice in Derby city or Southern Derbyshire.
Initial contact can be made by professionals, family members, or by children and young people themselves.
Please phone on 0115 949 6944 during our opening hours (8.30am-4pm Monday-Thursday, 8.30am-3.30pm Friday).
We will arrange an assessment with you, at which the most appropriate form of support for you can be discussed.