Stay & Play 3-8 years
Young children often find it difficult to understand the permeance of death. Overnight their world may become a confusing place. Many parents are worried that having conversations about death and dying will cause further upset and often avoid talking about it, however without information children cannot start to make some sense of what has happened.
Stay & Play sessions take place over one hour per week over several weeks where children can explore their experience through the natural medium of play.
How do we help?
- Acknowledge what has happened
- Assess their level of understanding
- Answer questions honestly with language they understand
- Encourage them to express thoughts and feelings
As the Stay & Play sessions come to an end many of the children are transitioned into a monthly support group to meet other young children who have experienced the death of a loved one. This helps to reduce the feelings of isolation and helps to build confidence.