For Bereaved Children and their Families
We encourage families to share their experiences of bereavement. We aim to increase parents and carers understanding of their child's grief. We hope to acknowledge and facilitate the grieving process and in doing so encourage a continuing bond with the deceased loved one. We offer a safe space for bereaved children, young people and their parents/carers to meet others in a similar situation to reduce the sense of isolation. We hope that the appropriate support can reduce complicated grief reactions in later life.
For Professionals and those in a Supporting Role
We aim to help professionals and those supporting a bereaved child and their family to understand how children might experience grief. Through evaluation, research and listening we hope to disseminate important infomration about what is most useful for bereaved children. We encourage professionals to be alongside those families who are experiencing grief.
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Children we help
Beth aged 14 years came to a group programme after her dad had died suddenly and unexpectedly. She was having difficulty concentrating at school and felt that it was hard for others to understand how she was feeling. Her relationship with her dad hadn't always been easy and she was struggling with her guilt. At the group she met other young people who had experienced the death of someone significant to them. They shared their coping strategies with Beth. She began to realise that others had a similar mix of feelings as well as good and not so good memories. She felt less alone in her grief and found a new supportive network of friends.