What is Nicky’s Way?
Nicky’s Way offers bereavement support to children and young people through a group experience. It is completely free of charge.
Why is there bereavement support for children and young people?
The death of a close family member can be overwhelming for a child or young person. It may be hard to talk with a parent who is also upset. Friends may shy away because they do not know what to say.
Who runs the groups?
Staff and volunteers from the Hospice’s Family Support Team. All volunteers are trained, supported and supervised throughout.
Where does faith fit in?
Bereavement support is offered in ways which support the beliefs of families.
Who can refer children to Nicky’s Way?
Referrals can be made by the Hospice, GPs, schools, school nurses, West Suffolk Cruse or any other service that connects to children and young people.
Families can refer themselves provided there is consent from the main parent/carer of the child or young person.
What does Nicky’s Way offer?
- A careful assessment of the needs of family members
- Age-related groups offering a range of activities
- A support group for parents and guardians which runs alongside Nicky’s Way
- A service to which all bereaved children and young people in our area are welcome, including youngsters with special needs
What do bereaved children and young people need?
- Information that helps to make sense of their questions
- Companionship - being with others who have had similar experiences
- A safe place to express all sorts of feelings and conflicting emotions
- Opportunities to remember the person who has died
Where can I find out more?
Contact anyone in the Family Support Team at St Nicholas Hospice Care - you can ring, write or email.
Tel: 01284 766133
Write: St Nicholas Hospice Care, Hardwick Lane, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 2QY