dying Charlie Chimp
IN cooperation with the Peterborough branch of Cruse Bereavement Care, Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice also offers a specific bereavement service for children in the shape of Charlie Chimp’s Club. Charlie Chimp is a four-foot toy chimpanzee who lives
in nises that grieving is normally a painful and distressing experience. It may be more difficult for young people to express their feelings and share their grieving with their own friends.
At this stage of their life, many young people have not had the life experiences to develop coping mechanisms that are needed to help them through bereavement.
It is helpful to offer a variety of resources which may help them share the extraordinary mixed thoughts and emotions which come up when grieving.
Jane added:” Children react in a completely different way from adults to emotional distress. Especially if they are very young, children are unable to stay with the sadness for long periods.
“They may grieve for the loss of a loved one, and then go out playing, and then come back again and grieve and so on, while adults oscillate less rapidly.
“To use a metaphor it is almost like adults jump directly in the middle of a lake when they grieve, while children jump in and out of puddles”.
the reception area at the hospice, and acts as a mascot for the children’s bereavement group which meets twice a year for six weekly sessions.
The hospice recog- THE WAYFINDERS WALKING CLUB: Providing an atmosphere of understanding