The Sunflower Service at Kilbryde Hospice is a support service for children and young people who have experienced grief, loss and bereavement following a life-limiting illness of an adult close to them.
The Sunflower Service can help children and young people make some sense of illness and loss using a range of activities and therapies. Children and young people can’t always articulate their feelings verbally, so as a hospice, we have a responsibility to help them to express themselves in whatever way is most appropriate.
Resources (books etc.) can be made available, or if more support is required then confidential support can be offered via the Sunflower Service. This service consists of a Music Therapist and a Counsellor and support will be tailored to the individual needs of the child/young person.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, one or one support currently takes place via the online platform “Zoom” or by phone. Sessions normally last about 50 minutes and take place once a week on the same day and time, usually for a period of around 8 weeks.
Music therapy is available for all ages of child up to 18, though under 5s must be accompanied (face to face or online) by a family member. Counselling is available for children aged 12-18. The Sunflower Service has links with other bereavement charities in and around South Lanarkshire who also offer support including peer support groups. In the future it is hoped that peer groups for children and young people will also be available at Kilbryde Hospice (face to face or online).