I am Helen and I have been a Bereavement Practitioner with Star since 2017, where I help support children, young people and families when somebody special has died. Grief is a complicated, messy process and my aim is to gently guide families through this painful journey whilst providing them with the skills necessary to better manage their feelings, which in turn will enable young people to move forward in a healthy way and empower them to achieve their goals.
I have a background in Psychology and Counselling and I have also been a Samaritan’s Listener for many years, working in suicide prevention. More importantly I have a deep empathic understanding of personal bereavement and its impact on families as my husband died suddenly in 2015, leaving me a widow with young children. I feel that this has equipped me with an invaluable insight into the work of Star and what can be achieved when children and young people are given the time, space and support needed to journey through their grief.
Star Bereavement is a remarkable and inspiring organisation to be a part of and I love being a part of such a great team. There is such a shortage of bereavement organisations specifically aimed at children and young people within the Wakefield area, which means that Star’s work is vitally important. Furthermore, our Star families make this such a rewarding role as you can witness the life changing, positive impact our work has on young people across the district.