dy­ing Char­lie Chimp

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

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

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