Sadly, many of our patients are mums and dads with young families. Part of our service is providing specialist support for children, throughout the time of care and beyond. Facing loss and grief can be hard at any age and children often have difficulty expressing in words how they feel and how experiences are affecting them. As play is children’s natural communication, play therapy enables children to express their thoughts and feelings and come to an understanding of their own world.
Melanie Gilbert-De Rios is a Registered Social Worker who specialises in this area. If, as a Hospice patient or family member, you feel your child would benefit from this support, please contact the family support team at Waipuna Hospice on (07) 552 4380 or email email@example.com.