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Support for Children and Young People

Hospice in the Weald is remaining up to date on the current outbreak of COVID and continues to follow advice from Public Heath England and the NHS. In some instances, we are taking additional precautions to safeguard our patients, families, carers and our workforce.

As part of these additional precautions, the Counselling and Support Service will not be providing non-urgent face to face counselling sessions and Tea Junctions. They are maintaining telephone counselling, Ward support and staff support and introducing video sessions via a secure site.

This is to ensure that we can follow thorough infection control measures, and focus staffing and resources at our In-Patient Ward in Pembury to provide the best possible care to patients, families and carers.

We are contacting all patients and clients who would normally attend the Hospice for counselling to offer either telephone or video sessions.

Any patient or family member with concerns should contact the Counselling and Support Service office on 01892 820525 or Jane Pantony, Head of Counselling and Support Services, via, jane.pantony@hospiceintheweald.org.uk

 

A lot of people feel anxious at the idea of talking to children and young people about terminal illness. Fears of getting it wrong are common, even when you have a very good and open relationship with the children.

If this is the case, we would like to help you. In our experience, meeting for a one-off session is often enough to reassure adults that this is something they can find a way to do. You can arrange a meeting with a counsellor to discuss this. If a child wants to see a counsellor, schools often have a counselling service that can offer good support within the school.

If you would like to talk to a counsellor or make an appointment, please contact Jane Pantony on 01892 820554, email counselling@hospiceintheweald.org.uk or complete this form.

 

Support for schools

We have been helping local schools for many years, supporting staff with specific problems when a pupil has a relative with a terminal illness. If you would like further information please contact the counselling team on 01892 820525 or email counselling@hospiceintheweald.org.uk.

 

Websites and contacts for supporting bereaved children

Winston’s Wish

Holding on, Letting Go

Jigsaw

Childhood Bereavement Network

Slideaway