Everyone copes with situations differently and see things differently, including men and women.
Through our work in supporting parents we recognize that everyone copes with situations differently and see things differently, including men and women. Our family support service aims to ensure that dads are given time and space to meet with each other, talk about their experiences and to build up their support networks and coping skills.
“As a society there's a pressure on Dads to be strong, to be the one who's holding things together” Ann Lappin, Family Support Team Leader
Ann reflects on what Dads have told her about their experience.
Kevin talks about his daughter Jordan and how Children’s Hospice supported her and their family. He also reflects on his feelings when it was first suggested to him that Jordan could use Children’s Hospice services:
“As a society there's a pressure on Dads to be strong, to be the one who's holding things together” - Ann, Children’s Hospice
“It’s good to talk. Everyone thinks that Children’s Hospice is not for us, not the place to go but that first time we walked through the door I thought, ‘why weren't we here a long, long time ago’.” - Kevin Jones
“At the time I didn't think this was the place for Aisling because she was still well but I look forward to it now. The staff are almost like family’’ - Peter Hawkins