Everyone deals with loss differently and there is no right or wrong way. There are different types of bereavement that children and families encounter, as sadly death is a part of the cycle of life. Whether it be the loss of a pet, neighbour, grandparent, releative or parent, sibling or friend there are lots of services available to help children and families through this difficult time.
Where possible, school will always support children and families as best they can. See below some external organisations who offer dedicated support.
Child Bereavement UK help support children, young parents and families to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. This also includes resources availabile in Ukrainian.
Winston's Wish offer support for bereaved children after the death of someone important. Their services include a freephone helpline, ASK email service, helpful resources which can be downloaded directly from their website and a range of grief management information.
Blue cross understand the bond between families and their pets. The loss of a pet can be very distressing for children in particular, as for many it is their first encounter with the loss of someone they love. You can find some useful tips on supporting children through this sad time below.
Families can self refer to this service who offer bereaved familes support following the loss of a child.
The Twins Trust Bereavement Support Group (BSG) exists to support all parents and carers of multiples who have experienced loss whether it was during pregnancy, at birth or at any point afterwards. We are so sorry for your loss and hope that by making contact with the BSG you will find some comfort.
Having to be apart from loved ones when they are so seriously ill that they might die is one of the very worst aspects of the Covid-19 outbreak. Our guide for families has ways for children and adults to keep in touch and feel connected, even at a distance.