Bereavement Support

We offer bereavement support to all families following the death of their child. Support is tailored to the family's needs and can take place at the hospice or in the family's own home. 

Martin House can offer a space for your child to be looked after for up to five days after their death, and also for you, as parents, to stay as well. Your child is usually cared for in one of our dedicated, cooled bedrooms, or in a bedroom using a specially cooled cot or blanket. 

Our Bereavement Team

During the first few weeks following your bereavement someone from your care team contact group or another member of the care team will continue to be in contact with you by telephone.

We have an experienced bereavement team who have dedicated time to offer support to you. A member of the team will contact you four to six weeks following your child's death to introduce themselves and your bereavement support options.

Our service 

We offer a bereavement service to families whose child has died of a life-shortening condition or who has died from a sudden or traumatic death.  the service, delivered by our expereinced and specialist bereavement support workers and cousellors, si available to those who have used the services of the hsopice and also to those whao have not. 

Every family has different needs and we tailor our support to meet those needs.  the aim is to provide an opportunity to talk through feelings and find ways of coping within a supportive, confidential and professional relationship.  Our service is free of charge and available to families living in West, North and East Yorkshire. 

“I can be in a room full of relatives and yet feel alone and as if I have no one to talk to. I can tell you anything and that is very helpful.”

Support for Siblings

Following the death of a brother or sister, children often express their grief differently from their parents and other adults. They do not always have the words to communicate the complex range of their feelings and tend to dip in an out of their grief.  Experience has shown us that it can be helpfl for them to have the opportunity to be in the safe and supportive environment of a group with other children whose brother or sister has also died.  

Our carefully planned and therapeutic activites, whic also include family workshops and a residential weekend, give children the opportunity to explore and understand their grief, thoughts and feelings in relation to their brother or sister and their parents.  Through fun games and activities, the death of their brother or sister is acknowledged. 

Remembrance Day

Every year, we have a Day of Remembrance at Martin House for children that have died within the last two years. We also hold Light up a Life services  across the region at Chrstimas.  These both provide further opportunities for family members to remember their loved ones.