Bereavement support and resources
Support for the family
A bereaved family may need additional information to help them when supporting a grieving child.
The website have a number of information sheets, giving more detail about different aspects of grief and support. Look through the following links to see what might be most useful for the family. These can be downloaded, printed and shared with a bereaved pupil's family.
Click on the link below to access the resources and information below.
There are many things you can do to help your child to work through their emotions, understand what’s happened, and cope with their loss.
Here are a number of activities you may want to do with your child.
Create a memory box
Working together to create a memory box can be a great way to remember your loved one and keep treasured keepsakes from that person safe. Photos, gifts, ornaments, or mementos make good additions. For younger children, try including hand-drawn pictures, or write down their favourite memories of the person.
Read together - Click on here for books.
Books can help children explore and understand their emotions. By reading about loss and grief through characters, events, and situations in a safe environment, they may be more able to recognise their own feelings.
Working through a grief or bereavement activity book together can be an effective way to get children thinking, talking or drawing about what’s happened. Picture books explaining death can be a gentle way to initiate conversation with them about their feelings and understanding of the situation.
Build a photo album
Children may worry that they’ll forget the person who’s died. Looking at photos can be a good way to talk about happy times. Decorating a frame, or creating an album together, can also give your child the time to open up, think and talk about happy memories of the person.
Make a bracelet
It can feel pretty lonely when someone close dies. Some children may feel like there isn’t anyone they can talk to, or worry about upsetting others by talking about their lost loved one. One simple, visual reminder of the people who are there for them is a friendship bracelet.
Get your child to list five or six people who care about them, and taking a different coloured piece of thread for each person, plait them together, and help your child tie it on. Now, whenever they feel low or unsure, they’ll have a visual reminder of the people they can talk to.
Supporting your child after bereavement
The death of a partner or loved one can be a devastating and overwhelming experience. As well as sorting out practical arrangements and immediate financial concerns, you also have your child’s needs to think about. There are a number of resources to help you support them through a difficult time:
- Child Bereavement UK
0800 02 888 40
Provides support and information to all those affected when a child is bereaved. They also offer support to parents when a child has died.
- Cruse Bereavement Care
0844 477 9400
Provides information on what you can do to help a child or young person who is grieving.
- Winston’s Wish
0845 203 0405
Offers practical support and guidance to bereaved children, their families and professionals. The helpline is there for anyone who needs help to support a grieving child. Other services include residential weekends for children and group support work with parents and carers.