Many parents wonder how they will carry on after the death of their child. Every family’s experience is different and it can be a roller coaster of emotions. Here at LauraLynn our Family Bereavement Programme is there to provide both formal and informal help and support to all children and families who are accessing our service. Care begins at point of admission, continues throughout your child’s illness and beyond, where we provide follow-up support after the death of your child.
What our bereavement programme involves
Our skilled team of healthcare professionals, including Chaplaincy, Social Work, Psychology, Nursing and other members of the team provide our bereavement programme. The aim of the LauraLynn Bereavement Programme is to provide and offer support to all family members who are challenged by significant loss; who are bereaved and who had/have a connection with the Service.
Our bereavement programme can benefit you and your family by:
- Providing a safe space for families to explore their grief
- Helping to reduce feelings of isolation by creating opportunities to meet with others who have shared experiences
- Normalising the grief experience and help families to develop skills in processing and moving on in their grief and loss
- Nurturing the resilience of families by helping to identify their own inner resources and coping strategies
- Offering parents understanding and awareness of themselves and each other as they live through the journey of loss
- Addressing issues of loss within different cultures
- Providing information on local bereavement services if requested
- Providing information on self-care skills and coping strategies
Our programme of supports include:
A time is set aside to remember and celebrate the lives of those passed and we hold separate services for children and adults.
Family Bereavement Day
A therapeutic, expressive time for recently bereaved parents and significant primary carers of deceased children connected to LauraLynn; offering them an opportunity to meet, share stories and mutually support each other in their common life journey’s experience.
Sibling Bereavement Day
Is facilitated by members of the clinical team and offers a safe space in a supportive and child friendly therapeutic environment. It provides an opportunity for bereaved siblings and their parents at Airfield House to engage with each other through play, arts & crafts, nature walks, visit to the farm and music and therapeutic inputs from the team.
Man Walks – Glendalough
Providing an opportunity for bereaved fathers, brothers, grandfathers and male friends to meet, talk and walk in the beautiful surrounds of Glendalough and is facilitated by our Psychology and Chaplaincy Departments.
Pampering Morning for Bereaved Mothers & Grandmothers
Providing an opportunity for bereaved mothers and women connected to the deceased child to meet and support each other through this shared experience. The women are assisted through the expertise of beauticians offering facial care and make up, manicures, hand and arm massage and advice around beauty products in comfortable ambient surroundings.
The Family After Loss: A Support-Expressive Group Forum for Families of Residents
Psychology, Social Work and Chaplaincy facilitates a 2 hour session, which is a stand alone therapeutic forum for families (parents, grandparents and siblings) of deceased residents. The forum provides a time for families to return to LauraLynn, long after the death of their child. The sessions aims to draw on social, psychological and spiritual models of care to support families in acknowledging and expressing their grief.
Light Up LauraLynn
Our inaugural Light Up LauraLynn event took place on 1st December 2013. This was a semi-bereavement event and involved the official turning on of our Christmas lights marking the beginning of the holiday season. We open our grounds to the local community, staff and volunteers as well as families past and present. Our magnificent Christmas tree is the focal point and guests are invited to place a Memory Star on the tree in memory of a bereaved loved-one.