|Organisation||Acorns Children's Hospice Trust|
We provide emotional support to families of babies, children, young people and their families accessing Acorns services, from diagnosis through to end of life and following the death of a child.
An assessment of each family’s needs is undertaken by a family team worker, who is fully qualified with a background in nursing and or social care. They will then offer and provide pre and post-bereavement support to meet emotional and practical needs of families as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
Each family has access to a family team worker to provide psychosocial, emotional and practical support.
Siblings are supported through a specialist siblings service which may take the form of group support, time limited individual support or a bespoke residential programme.
At end of life, the family will be supported by the whole hospice team. This includes:
-Advance care planning to prepare for how to deal with the actual reality of bereavement, helping give families choice and control around the end of life of their child
-One-to-one or family home visits
-School visits providing bereavement support to siblings and advice and support for teachers
-An out of hours service is also available 24 hours a day
-Support to extended family such as grandparents
-Support via group work and workshops
-Practical advice and support with funeral arrangements, registering a child’s death, liaising with other agencies and ensuring other family members are informed
-Access to the special bedroom after the death of a child
-Encouraging and facilitating memory capturing – this may include photography, building memory boxes or books
-Inviting and supporting families at memorial events
-Access to the hospice memorial garden
|Categories||Loss, breakdown and bereavement|
- Staff are suitably qualified