My Family's story with the hospice

It is with much gratitude that the profits from books sales are being donated to this truly wonderful charity organisation. I am also incredibly thankful to have their support in helping me to launch my book, and humbled to have their endorsement.

RuairÍ was referred to the hospice shortly before he died. Unfortunately he didn’t get the chance to enjoy any of the lovely therapies they provide. But, after he died, my husband Shane, my older son Charlie and myself had a week of invaluable and much needed time with our son. The hospice provided a quiet and calm place to stay with our sweet boy, time to carve every part of him into our hearts and minds. In the years that followed the counselling team at the hospice provided bereavement support for my family. This support has been instrumental in helping me understand and navigate my grief, and in rebuilding my life, the support has been truly life saving. Charlie attended sibling days, group therapy sessions and also one to one therapy sessions. The hospice will always be a special place for my family and I, a place that holds our sons memory. The world of child loss is one that no-one wants to be part of, and we are truly grateful to have had the support and care we did from the hospice team. 

Shooting Star Children’s Hospices cares for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families, across west London and Surrey. The charity supports around 700 families who have a baby, child or young adult with a life-limiting condition, or who have been bereaved, with a range of nursing, practical, emotional, and medical care. This includes a comprehensive range of therapies and support groups for the whole family, specialist nursing care and respite, symptom management, end-of-life care and bereavement support. 

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