About Bodie Hodges Foundation

Bodie Hodges Foundation October 2019

Supporting families bereaved of a child

Vision

To give hope to families bereaved of a child by providing a range of services that support grieving families and encourage them to rebuild and remember.

Mission Statement

To provide family and child centred services to support those affected by the death of a child.

To raise awareness of the facts about organ donation and encourage families to share their decision by ‘starting the conversation’.

Purpose

To ensure that every family in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland who experience the death of a child has access to early therapeutic support services.

We achieve our aims by:

  • Providing early therapeutic support to families who are newly bereaved of a child aged 0-18 years, in their own home or safe place.
  • Working with siblings in school or their own home to help them to understand their grief and support memory making.
  • Providing Bodie’s Treasured Memory Bags to families and professionals across the UK, to support sibling grief for children aged 3-18 years.
  • Providing a week-long stay at Bodie’s Boathouse for families bereaved of a child of any age, across the UK.
  • Running an organ donation education programme in schools across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

To ensure that we achieve our vision we need to:

Expand Bodie’s Bereavement Service to provide more sessions to families, specialising in an integrated therapeutic approach.

Run drop-in sessions for bereaved families.

Provide workshops for siblings following the death of their brother or sister.

Provide workshops to support parents following the death of their child.

Provide workshops in schools to inform bereavement pathways and better help, encourage and empower schools to offer support to children and young people in their care.

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