Lost For Words
Many bereaved children are left #LostForWords by death, others simply haven’t enough words to express themselves. This new resource shares supportive words and emojis from children who know how it feels.
How to Help
Sometimes, people around want to help the individual who is bereaved. They want to help but they're not sure how. Here are some suggestions for how the individual, their parent/carer, teacher friends can support them.
How to Help
Sometimes, people around want to help the young person who is bereaved. They want to help but they're not sure how. Here are some suggestions for how parents and carers can support their young people.
This template can help you log and structure the information that will help you identify if the child or young person is experiencing a traumatic bereavement and will help you decide about when to make a referral. To be completed by a trusted adult.
Close monitoring can help in spotting patterns in the child or young person’s difficulties. If the child or young person continues to have frequent, persistent difficulties that impact more than one area of their lives, this suggests it may be traumatic bereavement.
Signposting - Organisations and Support
Below is a listing of various organisations that can provide services relating to Bereavement.
If any of the details below require updating or amending, let us know
Please be aware that the organisations listed on this page are provided for information purposes only, and are not endorsed or recommended by STLS. You should always ensure that any service, activity, or therapy that you are considering for your child / young person is appropriate to their needs.
At a Loss - the UK's signposting website for anyone bereaved and those supporting them.
Bereavement Advice Centre - Practical Help There are many practical matters to attend to when someone dies. Bereavement Advice Centre supports and advises people on what they need to do after a death.
CHUMS - Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing support for Children, Young People and their families with a Specialist Bereavement Service in Kent and Medway.
They also offer other services specifically supporting adults; Baby loss Bereavement Service and Bedfordshire Suicide Bereavement Service.
Childhood Bereavement Network This site contains details of bereavement services for children throughout the UK. CBN also supports professionals working with bereaved children and young people, with information updates, key resources, and networking opportunities.
Cruse - Cruse offers bereavement counselling support for adults and children with local branches nationwide.
Hope Again - Hope Again is the youth website of Cruse Bereavement Care. Here a young person will find information about their services, a listening ear from other young people and advice for any young person dealing with the loss of a loved one.
Grief Encounter - Grief Encounter helps children and young people with confusion, fear, loneliness, and pain, providing a lifeline to cope, with free, immediate, one-to-one support.