Hereford & Worcester

Kidderminster hospice offers child pre-bereavement service

A Worcestershire hospice has begun a pre-bereavement service for children who have a terminally-ill relative.

The Kemp Hospice in Kidderminster had been working with bereavement charity Noah's Ark, which went into liquidation.

It offers patients and families support, in Wyre Forest and Tenbury, in dealing with terminal illnesses.

Sue Harrison, head of care, said the scheme differs from Noah's Ark because of the pre-bereavement element.

"Noah's Ark who did offer bereavement support to children in the Wyre Forest was concentrated on after-death support," she said.

"This is quite a new venture."

Staff redundant

She said the initiative had been planned for about 18 months.

"It's taken us a while to organise our funding ready to launch the new service," Ms Harrison added.

The day hospice is open four days each week and provides palliative care and support as well as having links to the community, hospitals and Macmillan nurses.

Ms Harrison said they had worked closely with Noah's Ark in developing the service, before the charity shut.

The Noah's Ark Trust went into liquidation last month, despite a last ditch fundraising attempt, leaving 14 staff redundant.

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