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The Chestnut Tree House Schools Project is a pioneering scheme that invites schoolchildren to learn about hospice care and explore life, death and bereavement. This project is currently on hold because of the pandemic.
Chestnut Tree House has put together a Feelings Activity Book for children aged 9-10 years because we believe it’s more important than ever to be talking to children about loss and transition.
This is a fun activity book which helps children explore their feelings, relationships in the wider world, resilience, loss and transition. It can be completed by individuals, in groups or with the support of parents or teachers.
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The activity book has been carefully put together by hospice nurse, Marcelle Palmer, who pioneered one of the first hospice schools’ projects in the country. Over the last four years, schools have visited our adult hospice, St Barnabas House, where pupils are paired with patients who they take part in creative activities with, over the course of three weeks.
Whilst the project isn’t running at the moment due to the pandemic, the activity book is full of similar activities that children can work on independently, in groups, or with the help of a teacher or parent.
Marcelle has worked as a nurse for 37 years, is a qualified counsellor and has been part of the hospice movement for 12 years. Marcelle was invited as a guest speaker to the Hay Festival in 2018 to talk about the Schools Project and the importance of talking to children about the death of a loved one.
Thank you to all the schools who have supported the Schools Project over the years. Please let us know how you get on with the Feelings Activity Book: what worked, what we might do differently. We would love to hear from you! We can also arrange for a representative to visit your school to tell you more about hospice care.