Jane blogs for Children’s Grief Awareness Week (16-22nd November) to remind bereaved children, young people, and their parents that #YoureNotAlone. 

“Bereavement is a very difficult time for anyone but for children in particular, when they’re going through so many other changes in their lives, it can be a very difficult and isolating. 

For parents who are also grieving trying to connect with their grieving child can be incredibly challenging. I’m reminded of the very touching documentary Being Mum and Dad which featured Rio Ferdinand earlier this year where he talked about his struggles with his own grief over losing his wife Rebecca, as well as his children’s grief, and reconciling the two. 

In the documentary Rio sort help from a fantastic children’s bereavement charity who were able to support him and his children to remember Rebecca together.

Together the family created a memory jar where they could share memories of their mum and focus on their happy times together, not just her illness. Another idea similar to this is creating a Memory Box – you can read how to make one here.

There is always support out there to deal with grief and bereavement, you are never alone. There will also be children and young people who have similar experiences and sharing these together can help with feeling isolated. 

If your loved one died at Martlets our bereavement support team can offer support to you and your family. You can call us on 01273 273400 and ask to speak to the bereavement service or email us on [email protected]

You can also seek support from these fantastic charities:

 Cruse Bereavement Service 

Cruse offer a bereavement helpline to give support as you need it in addition to their website where you can also find resources on how to support your child.  

www.cruse.org.uk/Children/loss-from-childs-perspective

0808 808 1677

Winston's Wish  

Winston's Wish have a wealth of resources and advice on how to support your child through bereavement, whilst also dealing with your own grief. They also have a free phone helpline you can call.

www.winstonswish.org.uk/

08088 020 021

Childhood Bereavement UK 

Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.

http://childbereavementuk.org

0800 02 888 40

If you’d like to show your support for those who have been bereaved during Children’s Grief Awareness Week you can share messages of support on social media and use the hashtags #YoureNotAlone and #ChildrensGriefAwareness.”

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