Parent(s)/Guardian(s) can call to refer their child. Our staff will talk to you about the service and, if appropriate, book you in for an appointment. If you are not eligible for the service, our staff will give you information on alternative services.
In the first session, the parent(s) meet with a support worker. Subsequently, the child is met on an individual basis, although they are always accompanied to the service by a parent/guardian who waits in a separate room. On average children attend 6 sessions, although this varies depending on the individual needs of the child.
Children are given the option to allow their parent(s)/guardian(s) to participate at the end of each session.
Children’s expression of emotion is facilitated in ways appropriate to their development stage and wishes through creative play, talking and listening. Children are invited back for a follow up session 3-4 months after the final session.
By offering children who have lost a parent a ‘listening space’, we can help children feel heard. Through talking, they are able to better understand the situation and learn that others share similar experiences. Through the one-to-one sessions, a bereaved child can start to accept their feelings as normal, can verbalise and address their fears and find a new sense of safety in the world.
When parents separate, it can be difficult for children to believe that the situation is permanent. They often wish that their parents may re-unite and may spend time thinking about how they can facilitate this. This means the loss is not made real, delaying healthy mourning. If there are conflicts in the home, a child may not feel it is ‘ok’ to grieve the parent, sometimes children feel that they are somehow to blame for the break-up. At our sessions, children are able to talk freely and openly about these feelings – in a safe environment, without fear of being judged or having to ‘take sides’.
We arrange talks and workshops for people and professionals who specifically address the issues of grief and loss in their work with children and young people.
We provide an education programme for primary school teachers in the mid-west region, helping them to assist children who are coping with the loss of a loved one through death or separation/divorce.
You can call us to refer your child to the Centre.
In this initial session, parents meet with one of our Support Workers. Children are accompanied to the service by a parent or guardian who waits in a separate room. On average children attend 3-5 sessions, although this varies depending on the individual needs of the child.
Your child meets with a Support Worker on an individual basis. The Support Worker will help your child express his or her emotions in different ways, according to their stage of development as well as their own preferences. This can be through talking, creative play, painting, music, workbooks, clay, games and storybooks. We encourage self-expression and help children and young people to understand their situation. We are guided by the child as to how many sessions are required.
To check on how your child is progressing on his or her journey of grieving, we invite the child or young person back for a follow-up review 3 to 4 months after the closing session.