Children and Young Adults

IMG_4921webAdults, often mistakenly, try to protect children from the impact of serious illness or the death of a relative…hoping that by not talking about it they can shield them from sadness and pain. At Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, we believe that suppressing these emotions is not helpful, and a healthier approach is to be gently honest. We encourage and support our families to navigate this difficult path whilst respecting their autonomy. We offer family support, one to one counselling for children and young adults, as well as bereavement support groups.


Footsteps is a support group for children under 12 who have lost a relative or someone close to them. Its aim is to help them come to term with their loss and acknowledge their feelings…and by meeting others in a similar situation, they realise they are not on their own. Footsteps meet every 6 weeks and through arts and crafts projects, we try to help children remember their loved one through the medium of creativity.

Thanks to the generosity of Mizzens Railway in Woking, our families have the opportunity, once a year, to come along and enjoy the miniature railway, play games and take part in a special remembrance ceremony.

The Tommy D Project

Thomas Di Felice was tragically killed in a road accident on the 15th December 2009. He was 17 years old. His parents, family and friends have tirelessly raised money for the Hospices, and their generous donations enabled the Tommy D Project to be launched. The Tommy D Group meets in the evening of the second Thursday of each month in Woking and supports young people, under the age of 18, who have been bereaved. The group find comfort in the support of their peers and take part in many social activities such as bowling, outdoor survival and meals out.

The H.U.B Programme

The Helping Understanding Bereavement programme (HUB), part of our Children’s counselling services has, since it was piloted in early 2013, run once a week for six weeks, at several schools across Surrey. It takes a maximum of 6 students, and is aimed at those who have suffered a close bereavement or who have been identified by school staff as struggling to come to terms with their loss.

Studies have shown that 47 – 50% of young offenders have experienced an early bereavement, which may have been a trigger for their anti-social behaviour, and grief that is not addressed results in poor school attendance and destructive choices.

This is some of the feedback we have had from young people taking part in our H.U.B programme:

“I liked the fact that I can share my ideas and not feel judged for it, and that I’m not alone in the fight against death.”

“I like that there’s no right or wrong. It helps me by talking about it. I feel I can talk more and a bit more confident.”

“They supported me really well and knew there are somethings you don’t want to talk about.”

If you would like to book a programme or find out more please contact reception on 01483 881750 or send an email.

Further information

Please contact the Children’s Services Manager on 01483 881750 or send an email