Simon Says to open branch for bereaved children in Portsmouth

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A CHARITY that supports children and young people dealing with the loss of a loved one is to open a centre in Portsmouth.

Simon Says, which was launched 10 years ago, provides bereavement support in central Hampshire and the New Forest areas.

But it is now set to launch a support group in Hilsea.

Victoria Hussey, director of bereavement services at Simon Says, said: ‘It can be very difficult for children and young people to cope with their emotions, which can be both confusing and conflicting.

‘Often they do not have the words to explain their feelings which could include anger, guilt or loneliness.

‘We are delighted that children and young people in this area will now be able to benefit from the support and information Simon Says can offer, to enable them to cope with their feelings, while holding on to the good memories of their loved one.’

The first session is to be held in January, at the Northern Parade Children’s Centre, in Doyle Avenue, Hilsea.

The session is held once a month.

During that time a different emotion is explored, such as anger, or guilt, and activities are done to centred around this.

For more information about the support groups, call 08453 055 744.

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