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HOLG & Demelza – bereavement project partnership

Published by Caroline, 5 Mar 2021

HOLG’s bereavement specialists have collaborated with Demelza Hospice Care for Children on a £20,000 project.

Demelza, based in Sittingbourne has brought us on-board to work with their families across Kent and provide training for Demelza staff in Kent, South East London and East Sussex.

Our 12-month partnership will offer:

  • Bereavement training for Demelza’s staff and volunteers
  • One-to-one bereavement care for Demelza’s families at their Sittingbourne and Eltham hospices
  • Bereaved child and parent support programme
  • Development of online and face-to-face parent/carer support groups
  • Resource packs full of useful bereavement information
  • Resource pack to create memory boxes and items for them – a huge part of bereavement care

The collaboration will be led at HOLG by Debbie McSwiney, who until three years ago worked at Demelza and had been one of our trustees for many years alongside her role.

She said: “I’m really looking forward to helping Demelza to support their bereaved families because I have seen what a difference the right help makes.”
“It’s an amazing opportunity for us
to pool our skills and resources to help build resilience within those families requiring our specialist help and support.”

Jo Burton, Demelza’s Therapeutic and Bereavement Lead, said: “This collaboration with HOLG could not have come at a better time.

HOLG’s vast and specialist knowledge will help to implement the new Demelza Bereavement Model, to support our current bereavement offering to families and also to increase the skills and knowledge of our volunteer Bereavement Team.”

The project started in February and we’ll update in a few months to share how it’s going.

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