Specialist end of life care

Our nursing and family support teams are available to help you think about the choices you may wish to consider at this time.

This specialist and essential service is provided in our two hospices, Demelza Kent and Demelza South East London and in the homes of families living in East Sussex.

Collaborative working

Our nursing and care teams will work with clinicians and carers known to your child to ensure they receive the best possible care and that you feel supported throughout this distressing period.

End of life wishes

It is important that a child’s or young person’s wishes are met. Whatever their age, they may have specific requests to make. This might include writing letters to loved ones, or giving special belongings to people who matter to them. We will work with you to make sure these wishes happen.
A health care assistant administering medication to a child.

Symptom and medication management

As experts in clinical assessment, our registered nurses are able to recognise and respond to a child’s changing condition to ensure symptoms are managed effectively, to alleviate discomfort and to make them as comfortable as possible.
The contents of a memory making box, including to small teddies and a photo frame.

Memory making

Memory making is a very important part of this time, and our team will support you in making these last days special, according to your own particular wishes. We can take photos, hand and foot prints and make memory boxes.
Health Care Assistant with cold cot in Eltham Bereavement Suite.

Care continues

Our end of life care continues through to bereavement, so that no family has to face it alone. Please view our bereavement pages for further information.

Mohammed Yahya’s story

"We were told about Demelza – and said this was a place that could give Mohammed Yahya the care he needed. We cannot describe the feeling of utter relief, the weight falling away from us." - Jamila and Abdul, Mohammed Yahya's parents.

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Mohammed Yahya is sleeping, tucked in to his baby blue blankets.


Jade's uncle and grandfather sit next to her as she lays in an incubator.
Grandparents Day

To mark Grandparents Day we hear from Julie and Liam, grandparents to baby Jade, who came to Demelza at just nine days old for end of life care.

Jade's dad Wayne running in the Brighton Marathon.
Running for baby Jade

Find out more about the inspirational fundraising challenge Wayne is currently undertaking to raise vital funds for Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

Demelza Nurse, Donna.
Morrisons Foundation support end of life care at home in East Sussex

Find out how the Morrisons Foundation is supporting the end of life care at home service in East Sussex with their generous donation.