Woodland Wellbeing Day brings bereaved children together
A Wrexham-based hospice has teamed up with the National Trust to provide support to bereaved children
Following the success of previous 2022 Woodland Wellbeing Days, Nightingale House’s Family Support Team has partnered with Erddig Hall continue running the initiative throughout 2023.
The Family Support Team brings children who have lost a close relative or guardian outside to appreciate nature, and they use woodland activities to help the group process their emotions.
The day allowed the children to connect with other bereaved youngsters.
One of the children, Kayah Hesp, who attended the Woodland Wellbeing Day, said: “I’ve really enjoyed today!
“It’s been good to make new friends and have lots of fun. My three favourite things about today are the rope swing, rock painting… and just coming here.”
Another child, Max Chadwick, said: “When looking through a magnifying glass, I discovered a tiny shell with a snail inside of it, which was really cool!
“I also enjoyed building a den for a hedgehog and sliding in the mud off the rope swing.”
Jackie Rowley, Family Support Team Lead, discussed how the children benefit from attending Woodland Wellbeing Days.
“Despite rain showers, the group had a wonderful time at Erddig Hall,” said Jackie.
“They’ve developed confidence and made friends throughout the day as they completed various activities.
“Rock painting was a significant activity that gave the children time to think about their loved ones and, in some cases, dedicate it to those they were grieving.
“The natural setting, combined with bringing children together and supporting their well-being during grief, helps to alleviate any feelings of loneliness.
“We look forward to working with The National Trust at Erddig Hall for future Woodland Wellbeing Days.”
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