Welcome to the beautiful gardens of Naomi House Children's Hospice,
where I am privileged to work once a week, assisting the Sibling Support
officer. This time of the year really is the loveliest in any garden,
but these gardens are springing to life in a particularly exuberant way.
The height of the raised beds mean that their contents can be seen, smelled and enjoyed by even the most physically challenged young visitors. Also notice the semicircle of sun awnings - each bedroom looks out upon this delightful view, and when the weather is good enough, beds can be rolled out onto the terrace, straight into the arms of Mother Nature.
The water garden, with its rippling, sprinkling sounds adds yet another sensory stimulus for any resident young person with a life limiting condition to enjoy.
Today, all the senses were particularly well satisfied.
At present I am giving myself an intensive training course in specifically working with bereaved families by watching numerous training videos, of which the Hospice holds an excellent collection. I will then be reviewing the videos and possibly making PowerPoint presentations of their topics that can then be presented at talks and to interested parties.
I'm also starting to prepare some craft ideas to carry out with younger children,
aged between 7 and 12, who will be attending a special "Remembering Day"
for their deceased siblings in June. Anyone with any ideas or experience in this field, please contact me - your expertise would be very gratefully received!