Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms

by SOLEIL ROUGE
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Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Arlette and Groom playing for a 5 years old boy
Arlette and Groom playing for a 5 years old boy

Review meetings were held in the pediatric oncology and emergency departments of Grenoble Child Hospital. It was an opportunity to take stock of the clowns interventions, to strengthen the partnership between the care teams and the clowns team. The caregivers highlighted the professionalism of the clowns, as much by the artistic quality as by the capacity of the actors to come install mini-spectacles in difficult conditions where the constraints are maximum (space, sound level, specific hygiene rules, ...).

Patients and families also welcome the clowns in a very warm way.

"The presence of the clowns has been a valuable support in pediatric oncologic department this summer, when the team had to deal with several complex situations while accompanying a child at the end of life" – Said the department executive health.

"Thank you clowns, I really did not think I could laugh today!" - a mother of a 7-year-old child

"When the clowns came, my child laughed and it was the first time since the diagnosis was announced, it was so great to see him laughing like before!" - a dad of a child hospitalized in oncology

"So much poetry, fantasy!  Elliot was fascinated and we escaped the hospital for a moment thanks to you, thank you clowns!" - a mother of an 11-month-old baby.

Once a month the clowns intervene in "nocturnal", at the time when the medical treatments are done and when the anguish of the night becomes stronger.

"I thought the children might be excited after the clowns came, but experience shows that they actually have less trouble falling asleep," says one of the caregivers.

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Every single week, professional clowns visit with young patients in Grenoble pediatric hospital, triggering a laugh here, there a frantic game with a 4 years old child, or an emotional moment shared with a mother who has not slept all night long and finally sees her toddler laugh again ... In the children oncologic care service everyone knows very well that the clowns would arrive on Tuesday and Thursday: clown’s costumes distribute their colors in waiting rooms and in the hallways, then in pediatric services rooms. The atmosphere changes, becomes lighter, an air of fantasy circulates, nurses sketch a dance, service agents are racing with their carts, the department manager stops for a moment to listen to the joke of the day.  ..

Theo, 4, loves to partner with one of the clowns to make the other one his whipping boy: the clowns are jumping in this transposed game that allows Theo to express the violence of hospitalization and invasive care.

Melanie, 13, does want to see anybody, especially not the clowns ... Clowns welcome its rejection by disapproving each other for having dared to open her room door.

 "I told you we should not enter"

"But it is you who hit"

 "But it is you who opened!"

 "I just wanted to do a magic trick!"

 "Excuse me miss, I frankly cannot stand this guy, it's like this since this morning, he is doing silliness after silliness, I do not know what to do with him."

Melanie, witness of the bickering clowns, smiles and finally says, "Then, what about this magic trick?" The clowns are leaving Melanie bed room while bickering but under the applause…

 


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Several discussions with parents and healthcare teams have highlighted the anxiety of the weekend spent at the hospital. “ It is really on Sunday that clowns would have to come and perform, Sunday at the hospital is a so long day!”

Therefore, Soleil Rouge launched the project to organize some Sunday clowns visits in the « heavy » pediatric services: Emergency & Oncologic care.

The first Sunday performance was this spring.

On one April Sunday, thorn away from their bed, early in the morning, Robinet and Yoyo came and offered a surprise to the sick children and the healthcare teams.

In a very still hospital, where waiting is very long, the clowns were able to capture the void and fill it with love and bursts of laugher. Furthermore, they took the time to stretch all these beautiful shared moments.

Main output of this first Sunday visit: A very successful day for the clowns, a nice surprise for the kids, families and healthcare team, a different rhythm, as compared to the weekly performances, allowing very intense meetings.

This positive experiment will be reproduced from time to time.

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Dear clowns : Thanks so much for your madness and the joy you are bringing in the “heavy” medical services which quite often terrify both parents and children. Your approach is exceptional. You have spent more than one year to tame our son John, in order for him to finally play with you, and  you succeeded. John was waiting for you, the clowns, every single day pretending to be frightened. Our son's life, and our one's, was hanging by a thread, plugged to infusions, nevertheless you made things so much easier for us. You are reducing family strain. Please continue to bring in the hospital true moments of happiness, smile and laugh. 

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The clowns visit is what will stay in the children minds, the clowns will never be forgotten.

The hospitalized child’s experience, often very hard with medical examinations, pain… disappears while the clowns visit remains.

When I ask to the kids, after their stay in the Grenoble Hospital, “What was hard ?What was great?”  What is coming out for 99 % of the surveyed children: they feel guilty for being sick and of the concerns felt by their parents but :”how it was great to get the clowns visits”.

 The clowns are facilitators, at various levels depending on each kid’s background and personality, the clowns are facilitators between the children and the hospital.

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SOLEIL ROUGE

Location: GRENOBLE - France
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ANNIE TISSIER
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ANNIE TISSIER
GRENOBLE, ISERE France

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