The Acorns team will support and encourage memory making at end of life, offering respectful and compassionate care for a child or young person and their family members, to ensure physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs are met.

Every referral for end-of-life care is accepted with a specialist team ready to respond according to the needs and wishes of the family and child, and will be provided alongside other professionals, whether a child dies at home, in hospital or the hospice.

Our expert team will develop and deliver individual care plans, including elements such as pain management and symptom control, compassionate extubation (removal of life support) at the hospice, and on-site accommodation to allow a family to stay with their child, before and after death.

Each of the hospices has special facilities where a child can stay after their death until the funeral, with our staff able to offer practical advice and support with funeral arrangements, registering a child’s death, and liaising with other agencies.

Psychological care and emotional support for the child and family will be given, to cope with the complex feelings experienced around death and bereavement. We can offer therapeutic support groups for siblings, parents, and grandparents.