St Nicholas Hospice Care is launching a new initiative to help young people talk about death, dying and bereavement.
Life’s Questions is a hospice-led initiative that will give young people the opportunity to talk openly and honestly about these difficult subjects within a school or community setting. It is hoped that having these difficult conversations at an early age will improve a young person’s resilience and understanding of death and bereavement now and in the future.
Lisa Patterson, the Hospice’s education lead said:
“Life’s Questions is about getting young people to recognise that everyone is different and that everyone copes with things in different ways. The sessions are non-judgemental and we talk about different kinds of loss, not just death, but perhaps people moving away or families splitting up.”
The hospice is currently seeking volunteers with great listening and questioning skills to help deliver the project. Lisa explained:
“If you are outgoing and confident with various age groups, have good questioning and listening skills and have a non-judgemental approach to young people and teenage viewpoints, then we would really like to hear from you.”
Volunteers will be given training after successfully completing pre-volunteering checks including a DBS check at an enhanced level.