A room with a view – we grow our Bereavement Services

Campden Home Nursing continues to develop new ways to provide support to members of the local community living with life-limiting illness, as well as their families and carers. We now have a new therapeutic space for our free Bereavement Services and a dedicated indoor space for children’s Play Therapy.

The charity has been providing free Bereavement Services to those who are experiencing a long-term illness or the recent loss of someone close from their base at Jecca’s House, but the service has outgrown its current facility.

The new purpose-built therapeutic space is set in the beautiful garden of Jecca’s House. Here, our three qualified bereavement counsellors Cathy Turner, Val Parsons and Diana Spencer will meet with their teen and adult clients for one-to-one counselling on Monday afternoons, Tuesday afternoons, and Wednesdays.

Counselling cabin at Jecca's House
The new Counselling Cabin is in the grounds of Jecca’s House

The Bereavement Support Group will continue to meet at the charity’s headquarters, Jecca’s House, on the last Friday morning of each month, from 10.00am-12.00pm. This is a led by our bereavement counsellor, Val Parsons, and is an opportunity to share your experiences and provide support for one another. Our new Bereavement Cafe will meet on the 2nd Monday afternoon of every month, between 2.00pm-3.00pm. The café is an informal drop in service run by volunteers, where you can meet other locals who are alone in their grief and maybe make new friends.

Help for children through play

Meanwhile, the existing counselling room in Jecca’s House is being converted into Play Therapy room. It’s receiving a full make-over to meet pratice guidelines and will be open from early September. Trainee Therapeutic Play Practitioner, Anita Dee, will be supporting bereaved children or those facing the impending loss of a loved one, from the age of 4-12 years.

The therapy aims to help children make sense of the loss of someone close to them. Play and art is used as a child’s natural form of expression and communication to help them explore and express their feelings.

The Play Therapy Room at Jecca’s House

More room, more help for the bereaved

Cathy Turner, Bereavement Co-ordinator: “It is important that we have the right therapeutic spaces available to be able to provide safe and confidential places for counselling where our clients feel at home and able to relax. Our new counselling cabin will provide us with the additional therapeutic space to work with more children, teens and adults from our community and catchment area who are bereaved or anticipating the loss of a loved one.”

Helen Makaritis, CEO at Campden Home Nursing, said: “We are welcoming cash donations towards the new counselling cabin and the toys and crafts we need for Play Therapy. Our aim is to raise £30,000 to help grow our bereavement counselling service for the local community.”

If you have further enquiries about our bereavement services for young people and adults, then please email: cathy.turner@campdenhomenursing.org. For play therapy, please contact: anita.dee@campdenhomenursing.org

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