What do we do?
CHUMS offers bereavement support to children, young people and their parent/carers following the death of someone close to them; whoever that may be and however they may have died.
Death is an overwhelming experience which can often leave children and young people feeling very alone and isolated. They can experience the pain and anguish of death much the same as adults, although their reactions will vary and depend on their age, maturity and understanding.
Our experience has shown us that children and young people benefit from receiving support following bereavement. This may be at the time of the death or can often be later on in the grieving process.
Grief has a huge impact and we are often told that everything in the life of the child or young person feels uncertain and nothing is the same. This can be quite scary to manage. Timely interventions from CHUMS can make a real difference and help them to process some of their thoughts and to share their feelings, gaining valuable support at a difficult time. When given the opportunity to connect with others who have had similar experiences, children and young people can begin to adjust to living life in a different way.
CHUMS offer various interventions which help to build resilience and give children and young people hope for the future.
- Individual support
- Workshops for children and for young people
- Residential weekends
- Family days
- Remembrance service
We have learnt the real value that supporting parents and carers can have on their children, promoting communication within the family. Therefore, for parents and carers we also offer:
- Parent’s workshops
- Ongoing monthly group
- Parents retreat
- Parenting course
- Telephone support
The Trauma Service is accessible through CHUMS and supports those children and young people who have experienced a severe traumatic reaction to the death of someone close and this service is delivered by a Consultant Clinical Psychologist.
CHUMS also offer a progressive range of training including bereavement, loss and grief and trauma, from introductory to accredited courses. They are suitable for people working with children from both professional and voluntary sectors.
If you think we may be able to help you please do contact us at the address below:
The office is open between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday
The service is confidential