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Bereaved teens from Stratford star in film about grief

Laura Kearns 17th Nov, 2017

BEREAVED teens from Stratford will star in a film about living with grief.

The Shakespeare Hospice’s Young People’s Service hope the ten minute film – which will be shown at local schools – will help others going through a difficult time know they are not alone.

‘Our Story’ was commissioned by the hospice with National Lottery funding and has been created by local teenagers and professional film maker Chris Bradley.

And not only is it set to help other young people, it was also a beneficial experience for those involved.

One of the girls who lost her dad and features in the film, said: “It’s opened my eyes to the differences between people and how everyone experiences grief differently. I know that I am not alone and that my experience is completely normal.”

The teens unanimously felt that by sharing their story, they could help other young people who are going through the same thing.

Hospice spokeswoman Alison Burford said: “We are so proud of what the young people involved have achieved, they have come together and shared their experiences, exposing their vulnerabilities and supporting each other throughout the whole process. They have all been very brave.”

The hospice’s Children’s Bereavement service is funded by Children in Need.

Throught one-to-one sessions and support groups the service supports those between the ages of five and 18 when someone close to them is seriously ill or has died.

The group recently created a charter which is now used for training teachers about child bereavement in local schools

Email ABurford@theshakespearehospice.org.uk to find out more.

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