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Supporting children and young people when a loved one is receiving end of life care

Jigsaw South East supports children, young people and families when a loved one is receiving end of life care. This time can be very difficult and unsettling for everyone. All the thoughts and feelings experienced at this time can be just as difficult and strong as those after a death.

Children and young people need to be kept informed about what is going on in a way that they can understand and start to come to terms with what is happening. They can find themselves feeling isolated and alone, when friends and other adults in their lives do not know, understand, or are not confident in being able to help.

How we can help

Jigsaw South East provides a pre-bereavement service for children and young people aged 0-19, who have a family member with a life-limiting condition and receiving end of life care. We are a family led service and our support is tailored to each individual family’s needs.

Our service is delivered by an experienced team of Support Workers who help children and young people understand and cope with the range of emotions they feel as they face the death of someone they love and following the death of a loved one to a terminal illness. They also help the adults and professionals around a child to understand and deal with a child’s anticipatory grief.

Support we offer (no referral required): 

  • Support and reassurance to families and professionals, around preparing for the death of a loved one, through our free helpline service.
  • Guidance and resources for schools and other professionals.
  • Online Information sessions for families and professionals.
  • Signposting to other agencies and organisations if necessary.

Support we offer when a referral has been made:

In addition to the services above, families who are referred to our service will be allocated a named support worker who will work with you to assess your individual family’s needs, including:

  • Guidance, support and information to families and professionals, around preparing for the death of a loved one, through our free helpline service.
  • Support, guidance and resources for practitioners within schools to work individually with children and young people.
  • Individual support with children and young people where appropriate.
  • Access to a programme of social activities for children, young people and families.
  • For children and families requiring further support after the death of a loved one, we run a program of grief support groups and support resources.

Download information here about talking to your child to help them prepare when a loved one is receiving end of life care.

Refer to our service

To make referral to our service, please click the relevant button below or you can find out more about making a referral here.

PRE-BEREAVEMENT SELF-REFERRAL FORM  PRE-BEREAVEMENT PROFESSIONAL REFERRAL FORM*

*Please only make a referral on behalf of a family where consent to share and store family details has been given by the parent/carer. Learn more about our privacy policy.

 

   

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