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Supporting Sudden Death In Children & Young Adults
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When a family loses a child or young adult the effects are devastating for all who knew and loved them. It is important that support is available if and when required.

It is important families know that they are not alone and that the feelings they are experiencing are often normal. It is important that there is communication between the family, hospital staff and members of the police force so families understand what is going to happen in the days and weeks following their loss.

Memory Boxes

We are working with Emergency and Critical Care Units across Wales to provide every family who loses a child or young adult suddenly with a plain white memory box containing; A candle Organza bags for curls of hair Inkless handprint kits USB Stick Paper and Pen Small soft toy elephant Small photo frame Forget-Me-Not seed […]

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Family Rooms

The care that bereaved parents receive in hospital following the death of their child is crucial. Small details can mean a great deal to recently bereaved parents and families and the environment in which care is delivered is of particular importance. Whilst no facilities can lessen the grief and anguish bereaved parents may feel, the […]

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Information Booklet

This booklet aims to provide helpful information for parents and carers following the loss of a child or young adult. The death of a child or young adult is a tragedy for the family and the wider community.  Whether the death is expected or unexpected it is vital that all child deaths are carefully reviewed […]

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Immediate Support

Families are contacted 24-48 hours after the bereavement by the Immediate Support Co-coordinator, who will then keep in touch with the families for a period of 6-8 weeks. The support can include anyone who has been directly affected, such as extended family, close friends and professionals. At the 6-8-week point, the families can be offered […]

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Counselling

Grief following the death of someone close is one of the most painful and stressful life events. It is experienced in many ways–emotionally, physically, spiritually–and everyone grieves differently. Shock, anger, sadness, guilt, and anxiety are common feelings during the grieving process, and they can be overwhelming. Occasionally there are no emotions, there is only numbness. […]

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Support Groups

2 Wish Upon A Star run many support groups across Wales. These are facilitated by a qualified counsellor. After the loss of a loved one, we experience a wide variety of feelings and emotions. The ever-changing emotions we experience with grief can catch us off guard, causing us to act out of character. We all need […]

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Sibling Support

Talking to your child about the death of someone close may be the hardest thing you have ever done or will do. Children experience grief differently to adults. For adults, it feels like having to wade through rivers of grief and they may get stuck in the middle of a wide sea of grieving. For […]

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Play Therapy

2 Wish Upon A Star follow the BAPT (British Association of Play Therapists) guidelines when recruiting play therapists. All our play therapists are BAPT or PTUK registered. Talking to your child about the death of someone close may be the hardest thing you have ever done or will do.

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Complementary Therapy

Coping with the rush of feelings that the death of a loved one brings may feel impossible to express. It may be helpful to consider complementary therapies to find a different way to work through your grief. 2 Wish Upon A Star offers bereaved families the option to access complementary therapy solely or combined with […]

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Cwtch of Comfort

We are looking for people to knit or crochet blankets to comfort bereaved parents and family members. All blankets should be made with white yarn or pale pastel which is machine washable and preferably able to be tumble dried. Yarn weight and fabric type are unimportant. Quilts should be made from gentle pastel, white, or […]

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