Grief is like the ocean; it comes in waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming.
All we can do is learn to swim.
~ Vicki Harrisson ~
Grief is a natural process and just like adults children grieve too.
The death of a loved one is devastating for anyone but for children in particular it can be especially difficult to deal with. Grief is a normal and natural response to loss, but every individuals experience, how they cope and what they need is different and unique. There are no rules when it comes to grief. And just like adults, some children will need or want some extra emotional support from outside of the family home. (others won't and that's ok too.)
At Holding Hearts we understand that the love we have for our loved ones doesn't go away and so neither does the grief. Through our support we aren't trying to take away the grief; it just isn't possible. What we can do through our therapeutic services is have a positive impact on bereaved children's lives by sitting with them on their journey and holding a safe space while they learn to grow and live alongside their experience of loss and grief.
When we develop trusting therapeutic relationships with children in this way they can begin to develop new coping strategies and build resilience through expressing themselves creatively and sharing their stories. Giving children time to process and explore what has happened, how they feel and what it means for them in their own time and through a medium that is natural to them; play and creative arts, can really help the healing process.
At Holding Hearts, providing high quality Bereavement support is one of our core objectives and it is something that we feel incredibly passionate and committed too.
We sometimes have funded projects available for those living in the North East, including Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle upon Tyne. Information on these specific projects can be found in the drop down of this section or using the buttons below or via the "Funded Projects" tab.