Dying Matters Week

 In Bereavement, News
Are you ready – this is the theme for Dying Matters Week which takes place from 13-19 May.


At Cancer Fund for Children we are here to support children and young people impacted by cancer and the heart breaking reality is that there are times when a child or parent dies.

Talking about a loved one who has died can be one of the most painful things for us to do, and for children and young people this can be even more complex and challenging.  However the benefits of opening up and discussing a sibling or parent’s death are significant not only in helping young people understand and live with their grief, but also in helping them manage their emotions.

In these situations Cancer Fund for Children continues to provide a safe space and an opportunity for children, young people and their families to talk about their brother, sister, child or parent who have died as a result of cancer.

Neil Symington, Cancer Fund for Children’s Services Manager said,

bereavement support“With the help of our team of Cancer Support Specialists families can explore ways to remember and celebrate their loved ones’ lives.  Through a programme of Individual and Group Support and therapeutic short breaks we help them to develop important coping skills and tools to live better with their grief.”

He added,

“Often young people can feel very alone in their grief, especially if no one in their peer group has experienced the death of a close family member.  The feedback we have received from parents about our bereavement support programme is that they really value the opportunity their children have to meet others who are going through a similar experience, and being able to share this journey with them.”

Cancer Fund for Children provides practical, and emotional support and free therapeutic short breaks to children and young people (0-24 years old) diagnosed with cancer or living with our parent with cancer. Our services are delivered by a team of Cancer Support Specialist who work in the family home, in the community, in hospitals across Northern Ireland and at our therapeutic short break facility, Daisy Lodge, in Newcastle Co. Down

Find out more about how we can help here


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