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It is natural to struggle with grief. There is no right way to respond to grief and loss. Grieving is hard and exhausting. It can also be complicated and may be felt in many conflicting ways. Our support will focus on helping children with their experiences and feelings – whether it’s the death of a father or mother, brother, sister or baby sibling.
Our support is guided by what children and young people say has helped them. By providing support in an honest and sensitive way, depending on a child’s age and understanding, children are less confused and anxious about the future. Children need adults to guide and support them. Most parents will have little experience of managing their child’s reactions to loss at a difficult time, not least because they themselves are grieving. Children learn about loss by watching the adults around them.
'I liked to be around my friends at school. I forgot for a bit and could take a break from all the stress at home'
Children with special needs are no different. They too need support in whatever way is most appropriate for them.
'Loss disturbs everything, all your relationships'
Our support and guidance is for the family as a whole.
Grief may have a far-reaching effect on everyone in the family and affect family relationships. Men and women often grieve differently and may have differing views on how to support their surviving children and young people.