Rowans Meerkat Service provides specialist support to children and young people up to 18 years old, who have a significant adult (such as a family member) who has died or is living with a life-limiting illness.

Children have the capacity to cope well with loss, providing they have the right support. However, sometimes it can be difficult for family members to talk to children about death and grief. It can be difficult to manage the balance of wanting to protect children, whilst also keeping them informed about what’s happening. Our Meerkats team can provide support and information to help young people and their parents through this difficult time.

Currently our Meerkats team can only provide support to children that have a significant adult who is receiving or received care from our Hospice. Referrals must be made by a healthcare professional.

If you need to speak to the Meerkats team you can call them on 023 9224 8025.

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Small Book of Big Conversations

Our ‘Small Book of Big Conversations’ offers guidance to parents/guardians supporting children through serious illness and into bereavement.

You can download a PDF copy of this booklet here:


Meerkat Mail

We have a twice yearly newsletter for children called Meerkat Mail, which offers a chance for children to give their experience of loss so that other readers know they are not alone.

You can download the most recent editions below.

Meerkat Mail Autumn 2020

Issue 15 - Spring 2020

Issue 14 - Autumn 2019

Issue 13 - Spring 2019

Issue 12 - Autumn 2018


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