Treasure Weekend: supporting bereaved siblings

Potts, Shirley; Farrell, Michael; O'Toole, Janet
January 1999
Palliative Medicine;1999, Vol. 13 Issue 1, p51
Academic Journal
The importance of allowing bereaved siblings the opportunity to be involved and mourn the loss of a sibling family member has gained increasing recognition. Child family members may need support in the same way that parents might need support to cope with a devastating loss. However, there are often few support services specifically focused to support bereaved children. Therefore, this article describes how a children's hospice provides specific support for bereaved siblings, by providing an opportunity for bereaved siblings to share a residential support weekend, known as the Treasure Weekend. The article describes the rationale, aims and the experience of the children's hospice, in facilitating this support service.


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