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Nicky's Way - bereavement support - St Nicholas Hospice Care

Nicky's Way is a free and confidential service offering bereavement support for young people across West Suffolk. 

We support young people aged between 5-18 in West Suffolk who have had someone close to them die through long-term illness, accidents, suicide and sudden deaths. 

The death of someone close to them can be overwhelming for a young person. It may be hard for them to talk with a parent who is also upset. Friends may shy as they do not know what to say.

Death is a normal part of life, but it can be very hard to understand for a young person. At Nicky's Way, we believe young person have a great capacity to cope with the death of someone close to them and the journey is made easier for them by being alongside others.

Who to contact

Position
Family Support
Telephone
01284 766133
Email
NickysWay@stnh.org.uk
Website
https://stnicholashospice.org.uk/support-and-information/getting-help/counselling-and-emotional-support/living-with-bereavement/nickys-way-support-for-children/
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Where to go

Name
St Nicholas Hospice Care
Address
Hardwick Lane
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
Postcode
IP33 2QY
Area served
Haverhill, Brandon, Clare, Lakenheath, Ixworth, St Edmundsbury, Bury St Edmunds, Elmswell, Thurston, Lavenham, Sudbury, Newmarket, Mildenhall

Days & Times

24hr help desk

Other details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
Free
Cost Details
All of our services are provided free of charge.
Referral required?
No
Age Groups
16-25 years, Adults, Young people
Notes

Why groups for young people?

When someone special dies you can feel lonely, confused and isolated. Meeting young people who have had the same thing happen to them can help. The group takes place at the Hospice and lasts six weeks in total. We also go out to places in Bury St Edmunds.

The groups are small, no more than six, so they get to know each other well, grouped with young people all of a similar age. There is also an adult group which runs alongside the young persons' group. 

 

What do bereaved young people need?

  • Information that helps make sense of their questions
  • Companionship - being with others who have similar experiences
  • A safe place to express all sorts of feelings and conflicting emotions
  • Opportunities to remember the person who has died
  • The support of their family and friends in their grief

What does St Nicholas Hospice Care offer through Nicky's Way?

  • A careful assessment of the needs of family members
  • One-to-one meetings with young people in a quiet, safe place to talk about the person who has died
  • An opportunity for parents to discuss how to support their child
  • Age related groups offering a range of activities
  • Age related groups for parents and guardians which runs along side the young person's group
Service users involved in planning
Yes
Last Updated
19/01/2017

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