The Echo Project: Support for Young People

The Echo Project is for children, young people & families facing loss and bereavement. It is available to any child or young person up to the age of 18 years old, living in West Essex and East Herts, who is facing a loss or who has been bereaved.
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When you, or someone close to you, receives a diagnosis of a life-limiting or terminal illness, it can be an extremely worrying time for all the family. For children and young people, it can be even more confusing and difficult during the period of growing up. That’s why the Echo Project is here to help throughout your family’s entire journey.

For more information about the Echo Project, please contact the Patient and Family Support Team at or phone 01279 773762.

Echo Connect Creative Bereavement Café 

When a child or young person is experiencing grief, it can be difficult for them to process their thoughts and express their feelings.  

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.  

The sessions are held in the Dining Room here at the Hospice in Hastingwood between 5pm and 6.30pm on: 

  • 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month for children aged 7 to 11 years 
  • 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month for children aged 12 to 16 years (NB. Our sessions for 12-16 year-olds are not running at present and will be relaunching in April 2024) 

For more information about Echo Connect, email Alternatively, you can book your child’s space by clicking here. 

Workshops and training for schools

We deliver training to teachers and staff in schools around the impact that bereavement can have on children and young people. Exploring behaviours linked with grief that may be exhibited at school, this training aims to equip teachers and school staff with the tools they need to help support young people and build resilience within their organisations.

This service is open to schools within West Essex and East Hertfordshire, and no previous connection with St Clare Hospice is required.

Get in touch

If you’d like to find out more about how The Echo Project could be helpful to you, your school or a loved one, please get in touch.

Contact our Patient and Family Support Team on  or phone 01279 773762.

BBC Children in Need LogoThanks to Children in Need! The Echo Project has been kindly funded by BBC Children in Need.