Grief counselling starts at the time of diagnosis, because the news of the child having a terminal illness shakes up the family system. The values and roles of the affected family members change, people experience extreme emotional ups and downs, which affect their life together. What is important here is to give all members of the family the space, time and appreciation for their individual grieving process and to make sure that people can express themselves without being judged.
We offer personal grief counselling that helps the affected families cope with their changed lives after the loss of their child. At the Sternenbrücke, family therapists, grief counsellors, trained nurses and the hospice management are always by the side of the affected family, both during their respite care stays and during the final stage of the lives of the sick young guests. They all help us walk a common path from the moment we are contacted until the final stage in the life of the affected child. Furthermore, our Garden of Memory gives "our" orphaned families a place where they can remember their deceased children long after their loss.