“It’s my job to support families who have lost a child.”
Catherine has spent her career at Claire House Children’s Hospice, initially joining the hospice team as a Health Care Assistant in 2005. “I’d started a degree at the University of Chester but was realising it wasn’t for me. My mum saw a post at Claire House advertised. The rest is history.”
Catherine now works with the Family Support Team, who provide long term emotional support and counselling for Claire House families who have lost a child.
“It’s taken a lot of hard work and some intense studying to get to this point but I’m now a fully qualified Family Support Practitioner with an MA in Clinical Counselling. Now my days might involve working with a family whose child is resting in the Butterfly Suite or organising a fun event for siblings to get together and have a break from the emotions of home.
The best part of my job is being a part of those truly special moments for families, helping them create amazing memories they can treasure forever. I get to make a family’s journey that little bit lighter and play a small part in their life. That’s really special.”