Few life events have a greater impact on children and their families than the death of a family member or close friend.
With the right support and information, children and young people can get help to understand what has happened and adapt to a life without their loved one.
Things to remember for children and young people
- Grief is normal – it's not an illness or something to simply ‘get over’
- Children are affected by bereavement in different ways, some may be sad or withdrawn, others may be angry or challenging, some may not show any signs
- Grief is an ongoing process which children and young people revisit as they grow up
- Children need the help of supportive adults to learn to live with the death of a loved one
Support for children and young people
Charities and organisations that help bereaved children and young people:
If you are a school or academy, the Norfolk Critical Incident Team provide training and advice to help you support bereaved children.
Support for parents and carers
Support for parents/carers who have lost a child or have a child with a life-threatening or life-limiting condition.