Family Support Group

Taking place every other Wednesday at Heart of Kent Hospice, Preston Hall, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 7PU 4:00pm – 6:00pm.

Running on these dates in August:

Wednesday 3 August
Wednesday 17 August
Wednesday 31 August

Together with Holding On Letting Go, we are running a family support group, helping parents or carers with a terminal illness to make the most of every moment with their children.

The group supports parents with children and young people aged 5 – 18 years, providing opportunities to make memories and have fun, whilst benefitting from emotional and practical support.

What to expect

The activities will help all family members to feel prepared and cope with saying goodbye to loved ones. Most importantly, it’s about making the most of the time families have together, and feeling that they are not alone.

Each session will include:

  • Start of session greeting
  • Parents/carers group - an opportunity to receive therapeutic support in a private space supported by the Hospice Family Support Team
  • Children's session - an opportunity to talk whilst engaging in creative sessions, supported by Holding On Letting Go
  • A shared light meal
  • Family session - a chance to create a family heirloom together

After-school snacks will be served
Please place an order for after-school snacks - let us know the number of children that will be coming along, and any dietary requirements when booking.

Shaydon's Memory Book

Reflection and memory building informs our approach to pre bereavement work with children. Such activities focus on continuing bonds, which is an important grief concept.

Shaydon aged 7 years enjoyed finding special photos of his mum. Shaydon understood through the sessions his mother had cancer and the doctors and nurses had tried everything to make her better but sadly it was not possible.

Shaydon would use the book at home with the family and enjoyed asking others to write things about mum. Together the family created special drawings and artwork. This became a treasured item which he loved showing to everyone whilst sharing stories and photos about his Mum

“These sessions are all about everyone making special memories and having fun together in a comfortable and safe environment. The groups also encourage and support families (including children) by helping them to have honest conversations about what they will be facing together in the future."

Lyndsey Stukalov-Stone, Family Support Team Manager

How to book

To book or find out more, please contact our Family Support Team by calling 01622 792200 ext 260 or emailing fst@hokh.co.uk.

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