Bournemouth Hospital Charity funds memory boxes for children who lose loved ones at the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals, to support them through their grief.
We have funded many boxes, which have acted as an extension of the pastoral care which our Trust offers to bereaved families.
Each box that we issue contains a number of items to support grieving children, including:
- Age appropriate books to explain death, grieving, the kinds of feelings they are likely to experience and where to go for support, should they need it
- Two hand knitted teddy bears – one for the child and one to be kept with their loved one
- Handprints and casts from the deceased family member
Each box costs between £45 and £60, and their purpose is to act as a keepsake for the children and is something they can add sentimental items to, helping them to cherish their loved one for years to come.
Kate Holland, Sister of the Trust’s Critical Care Unit, where the boxes were first issued, said:
“Seeing a child experience the loss of a parent or close relative is heartbreaking and while we can’t take away their grief, if there’s anything we can do to support them, we will. When we saw Poole Hospital’s memory box project, we knew it was something we had to adopt for our patients. We’re extremely grateful to our fabulous team of volunteers who have been knitting the teddies – without their skill and generosity the boxes wouldn’t be nearly as special.”
To support this important project, please donate using the form below. If you have any questions about the project, please do contact us here.