Snuggles and Smile are for children who have experienced the death of a parent or sibling and take place at Sidley House. Children are invited to place precious keepsakes or photographs into their snuggle bear followed by a beautiful child friendly heart memorial.
For children, a bear can be a best friend, a friend to snuggle with, a friend to talk to and a friend to love.
We are aware that younger children sometimes miss out on receiving bereavement support because of their age and level of understanding. We provide opportunities for the little ones to come together to make their snuggle bear while acknowledging the death of their loved one.
Families come together with other bereaved families to make a beautiful bear with the hope that the bear will provide comfort to them during difficult times. Meeting others reduces the isolation families often feel when a loved one has died.
Families sometimes find it difficult to talk about the death of their loved one. Our family snuggle sessions provide a gentle introduction to opening the communication whilst creating something special in memory of their loved one.
Sessions take place in the school environment when a child or teacher has sadly died. Once Upon a Smile work closely with school staff to tailor the session to provide opportunities for pupils to come together and share memories. Our skilled staff ensure they provide a fun based experience while supporting emotional needs.
If you are a family that would benefit from Snuggles & Smiles then please register your details below.
If you are a school or family that would benefit from Snuggles & Smiles session, please email [email protected]