Whether sudden or expected, few life events have a greater impact on children and their families than the death of a family member or close friend. Children’s grief is often an emotional rollercoaster. Every family makes sense of and copes with grief in their own way.
However there are some important elements to remember:
Given the right support and information children and young people can be helped to understand what has happened and adapt to a life without their loved one. It is important to ensure that all bereaved families have the support they need when they feel the time is right.
There are various forms of support available including:
In Norfolk, support to children and young people can be offered by the bereavement charity Nelsons Journey.
For children and young people who are experiencing mental health problems following bereavement please contact Point 1.
Children and young people with an adult family member with a life-limiting illness can access support via the psychological service for specialist palliative care.
East Anglian Children’s Hospice (EACH) offers support for families where a child has a life-threatening or life-limiting condition.
Support for adults is available via Cruse.
For further information you could try the following websites:
Helping you to support bereaved children and young people is an information leaflet for anyone supporting bereaved children and young people.
If you are a school or Early Years Setting, advice is available from the Critical Incident Lead Officer (EPSS).