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Children's & Families Bereavement Services

Earl Mountbatten Hospice is working together in partnership with KissyPuppy, the Sophie Rolf Trust, to provide a bereavement service for anyone on the Isle of Wight who is experiencing loss through death. 

About grief

Grief is what we feel when somone dies; it is a very individual experience and there is no right or wrong way to feel. However, it is common to feel sad, anxious, angry, guilty, relieved and upset. Grief can be difficult to talk about. There are no set ways in which you can get through this difficult time but there are things that can help. Finding ways to communicate how you are feeling can be really important. 

We can't make our feelings go away, but we can encourage children to epxress them and find ways to live with them, however painful and difficult they are. It is very hard to believe that you will never see that person again, and it may take some time for your child to accept what has happened. You may find that it seems as if they don't feel anything and don't seem to be upset at all. This is part of not being able to take it all in at once, and means that they need time to do that. Don't worry that your child doesn't cry for a while; it doesn't mean that they didn't care about the person.

Some people benefit from support before someone dies. We can also offer support leading up to someone's death if they are very ill.

What groups do you offer?

Everyone experiences grief differently and it is often helpful to be able to express emotions and meet with others who are going through a similar experience.

Grief can be a very isolating experience, so groups give children, young people and families a chance to meet other people in the same situation as themselves.

Our groups can help people to learn new ways to express their feelings about what has happened and give them a chance to do so in a supportive environment. They also offer the opportunity to ask questions and share some of their memories about the person who has died. You can read more in our leaflet.

Who can use your services?

The KissyPuppy Children’s and Families Bereavement Service is available for anyone on the Isle of Wight who is experiencing loss through death.

I would like support—what do I do next?

You can ask your GP or school to refer you to our service, or you can contact us directly by phone (01983) 533776.


"They look after you and they're so caring. I'm not frightened of dying."


Chrissie Fenton, patient