Demelza Hospice Care for Children
Funding from Wallace & Gromit Children’s Charity has helped Demelza Hospice Care for Children in Kent provide pre and post bereavement music therapy. They were able to support a three year old girl, who arrived at Demelza for End of Life Care over a two week period with her siblings and parents. Her grandparents were also able to visit and stay within this period.
The therapist was able to support the family in making CDs and DVDs of their child, including music-making with parents, siblings and with the infant, singing to the infant, whilst capturing her responses on a recording, helping the family to connect with their feelings and make lasting memories.
After the girl passed away, the bereaved parents and siblings were invited to write short stories, poetry and talk about their child. The therapist then met with the family over a period of weeks to facilitate their grief work by playing musical instruments as the family members told their stories, recited their poetry and talked about the child.
Many parents tell Demelza that this approach is so helpful for them, as it is something that they can go back to time and time again; enabling them to stay connected with their emotions and memories around their child or sibling.