The Journey Begins
Placed in the heart of the community, we know that Northwood Children’s Hospice will offer some of the very sick children of Gqeberha, Nelson Mandela Bay and its surrounds, a warm place of discovery, respite, and care. It will provide family support whilst a team of dedicated and clinical professionals will offer a Pediatric Palliative Care Framework, geared to the needs of every child.
Along The Way…
Being told that your child may not reach adulthood is something that every parent hopes will never happen, and no-one can be prepared for it. For some families, finding out that their child has a serious health condition is a gradual realization as various symptoms become apparent, and for others it can be discovered completely out of the blue. What can make it difficult, is having to think about the many different choices that can or need to be made for all the children in the family, beyond the many voices that are telling families what to do.
At Northwood we will try to ensure that families are offered the interdisciplinary and emotional support that will surround them with the people they may need as the unique journey of life for “their” family unfolds. We believe that having support available when you need it, helps everyone to cope during the more difficult times.
Life is for living, for celebrating and for making memories. We cannot presume to have all the answers but what we can do, is to ensure that families are able to celebrate the special days and holidays known to them. The Northwood Memory Books are given to every family to use and to fill as is right for them. Along the way we will add photographs from the family sibling group encounters, holiday walks and family fun days. Making memories is always a special time which usually rest in hearts forever.