Nele (16), Lasse (()) and Jule (12) have lost their little brother Pelle. He died on 3 December In the Kinder-Hospiz Sternenbrücke . How the institution helped them cope with the death of Pelle, the three siblings tell in the video for the dossier “ Part of my heart is missing: How children handle loss and grief and what helps them “.
Pelle Ketelsen arrived at the 27. 08. He was a golden beamman , who took the hearts of his family by storm. Father Karl Heinz, Mama Stefanie and his siblings Nele ((*)), Lasse (()) and Jule (()) were overjoyed about his birth. Unfortunately, Pelle was not healthy. “He had Down syndrome and he was missing a piece of the esophagus,” reports Pelle's sister Jule in an interview with BRIGITTE.de when we visited the family in August 2019 in the children's hospice Sternenbrücke in Hamburg.
The little boy had to undergo surgery very often 50 Times. “Each time his siblings were completely desperate, sad and at the same time full of hope and so brave,” says his mother Stefanie.
The family Ketelsen: Father Karl-Heinz, mother Stefanie and the siblings Jule, Lasse and Nele (from left) – in the middle Pelle can be seen in the arms of his mother.
“Many of the children who come to us have metabolic and muscular diseases or neurodegenerative diseases, which means that the children are severely handicapped several times nd and have a high level of care. A few also suffer from cancer , the good soul of the Sternenbrücke, who created this place. “For the parents, this means never sleeping at night for more than two or three hours at a time – and often (*), (*), (*) for years. If one imagines this as one would go with it, one can understand that the parents are often at the end of their powers. “
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