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More support for families of terminally ill youngsters

More support for families of terminally ill youngsters

Published at 6:02am 2nd October 2015. (Updated at 11:25am 2nd October 2015)

A new community bereavement service has been launched by Martin House Children's Hospice.

The charity is offering support to families across North, West and East Yorkshire and the Humber who are affected by the death of a child or young person with a life-limiting condition.

They will have the opportunity to talk through the difficult feelings which arise following a death, as well as being offered support to cope with their grief.

Mark Clayton, Chaplain and Bereavement Team Coordinator at Martin House, said: "A child's death is one of the most heart-breaking experiences that a family can ever go through. Grief is a natural response and some families do find their own ways of coping. Some, however, may benefit from additional support and someone who can listen in a different way.

"We can now offer this to families for whom hospice care may not have been suitable, but who have encountered the same experiences as many of those who have been supported by Martin House.

"We understand the challenges faced when caring for a life-limited child and this allows families to talk through their feelings with someone who is both impartial and informed. Support will be tailored to individual needs, whether this is a phone call or a one-to-one session, and arrangements can be made to support families wherever in the region they live."

More information about the service at www.martinhouse.org.uk