At Compton, our care doesn’t stop when a loved one passes away. For many people, this can often be the start of their journey with us. The Crooke family, however, have always has a close connection with Compton, through nan Val, who worked as a Healthcare Assistant on our inpatient unit for 20 years, before becoming ill herself.
Simon comments “When mum was ill, we knew that Compton was the best place for her. She was cared for in the home during the night, but when she stayed on the inpatient unit, they went above and beyond, and she was always surrounded by friends.”
Evie started accessing specialist support from our children and young people’s bereavement service 2 years after Val passed away.
Her mum Anna commented “Through accessing bereavement support, Evie has got to do things that she never would have otherwise experienced. We all got to go up in a plane together, and Evie got to fly it over our house. It was an amazing day!”
Whilst accessing support from Compton, we aid children and young people to explore their emotions, better understand illness and make sense of loss through varying activities, including art therapy, therapeutic play and memory building. Evie had sessions here at The Cedars with our specialist children’s bereavement counsellor, where she took part in a variety of different activities. “I liked being creative with photographs, talking with Nick and expressing my thoughts and feelings through writing.”
Sessions with our children’s bereavement counsellor will continue for as long as they are deemed to be helpful, and so Evie is no longer attending. Her mum adds “Evie’s sessions with Nick have done her the world of good!”