St Clare Storytime Picnic: Children’s Bereavement Event

Thursday 4th April 2024
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
St Clare Hospice
St Clare Storytime Picnic web banner shows a graphic of two children laughing together , whilst in the presence of an adult, at a picnic. A selection of wildlife is pictured in the image, including butterflies and a ladybird. The sky is light blue and the sun is out. The graphic reads "Storytime Picnic" in a sans-serif blue font.

Come along to St Clare Hospice for an afternoon of crafts, games and activities designed to support bereaved children

Join us on Thursday 4th April 2024 (10am – 1pm) for our spring St Clare Hospice Storytime Picnic, a children’s bereavement event for 4-6 year olds, inspired by children’s book ‘I Can’t Believe They’re Gone

This special free picnic, held in our beautiful Hospice gardens, is aimed at supporting children who have been impacted by the death of someone close to them.

“You know…emotions aren’t good or bad, or right or wrong – they just are.” – Written by Karen Brough, the book follows the mouse family on an emotional journey as Bear, their empathetic companion, helps them navigate the complexities of grief and its unique expressions.

Led by our Patient and Family Support Team, the three-hour session will provide light touch bereavement support through fun, hands-on activities and play – including creating DIY hand drums, decorating cupcakes, playing sleeping mice and going on an exciting treasure hunt in search of cheese!

I want to register my child for the St Clare Storytime Picnic

Using this touching story, St Clare aim to teach bereaved children how to better understand their feelings and how to support themselves and others through exploring different emotional responses.

If you have any further questions about this event, please email or calling 01279 773762.

Registering your child’s FREE place for the St Clare Storytime Picnic

If you’d like your child to attend this Storytime Picnic event at St Clare, please fill in the form below so we can register their place.

Before registering, please note: 

  • Your child does not need to have a previous connection to the Hospice to attend.
  • This event is limited to 20 spaces and these spaces will be allotted on a first-come first-serve basis.
  • Parents/carers are not required to stay for the session.
  • A packed lunch must be provided for your child.


Frequently Asked Questions: St Clare Hospice Storytime Picnic

When is the next St Clare Hospice Storytime Picnic event taking place? Our spring bereavement picnic is inspired by Karen Brough’s ‘I Can’t Believe They’re Gone’ children’s book and will take place on Thursday 4th April 2024 from 10am – 1pm.

Why should my child attend the St Clare Storytime Picnic event? This is a special free picnic designed to make light touch bereavement support (through fun, hands-on activities and play) accessible for 4-6 year olds in West Essex and across the East Hertfordshire borders. This is a great opportunity for bereaved young children to learn how to better understand their feelings, how to listen to and support others through exploring different emotional responses.

Where is the St Clare children’s bereavement picnic being held? We’re hosting the Storytime Picnic here at the Hospice. You can find us at: St Clare Hospice, Hastingwood Road, Hastingwood, Essex, CM17 9JX.

How do I register my child’s place at St Clare’s children’s bereavement picnic? You can register your child’s place for the St Clare Storytime Picnic by visiting the St Clare Hospice website. The event listing can be found in the Hospice’s ‘Events’ category of their website. On this event listing, you’ll be able to find out more information about the latest event and register using an online form.

My child isn’t 4-6 years old but I’d love for my child to be supported with their grief. What other support to St Clare offer for bereaved children? Our free ECHO Connect creative Bereavement Cafés can help children and young people find ways to express themselves and their emotions through creative activities. Being surrounded by others with a shared experience of grief can help in feeling understood and less alone. You can find out more information by clicking the button below.

Click here to find out more about ECHO Connect  

Do I have to pay for my child to attend a Storytime Picnic at St Clare? No, the St Clare Storytime Picnic events are free of charge.

Is food provided for the children? No, we ask that parents, carers or guardians please make sure their child has a packed lunch.

Can I stay with my child(ren) at the event? Parents, carers or guardians are not required to stay with their child(ren) for this event.

Is this event accessible? This event will take place in the Hospice gardens. The landscape of this outdoor location involves paved ground and grass. The Hospice building is wheelchair accessible with access to assistive and disabled toilets. There is a hearing loop available on site.

For any further questions you may have regarding accessibility, please get in touch with event organiser Patient and Family Support Services Project Manager Chloe Rich by emailing or calling 01279 773762.

St Clare Hospice's GriefLine logo. GriefLine can be called from 8am - 5pm every week day and up to 8pm on Tuesday and Thursday.I’m an adult struggling with my grief. Do St Clare offer support for bereaved adults? Yes we do! If you want to talk, we’re here.  GriefLine is a is a local resource offering much-needed emotional support on the telephone, across West Essex and East Herts, to anyone struggling with their grief around the loss of someone.

You can call the GriefLine team (01279 945089) from 8am to 5pm every week day and up to 8pm on Tuesday & Thursday, excluding Bank Holidays.

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