Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse Bereavement Care in Hull works with children up to the age of 16, many of whom are bereaved by the traumatic death of a parent. Cruse understands that children and young people require different interventions than adults, where talking therapy is the norm and sessions are run by specialist volunteers who are trained in bereavement support for children. The service supported 50 children in Hull to cope between April 2010 and March 2011 as well as others in Goole and Bridlington.

Their small grant has been used to enhance the support they provide to bereaved families through the purchase of equipment for activities which assist children to come to terms with their situation. “Our volunteers have greatly improved resources available to them and we are hoping to train a number of additional children’s bereavement volunteers during 2011 and these resources will also be available for them to use.” The equipment includes specialist books and games, and creative craft equipment which are used to encourage children to explore their feelings.

Joy Dodson, Area Treasurer for Cruse Bereavement Care Hull & East Riding Area explained, “We work creatively using many felt tips, glue, paper, biscuits and icing sugar, workbooks, Russian dolls and specialist games. We make memory boxes, salt sculpts, scrapbooks with the children and finally release helium balloons with messages attached. Thank you so much for helping us to enable children to move through their grief in a healthy way and to find new hope.”