Children’s understanding of the loss of a loved one progresses as they mature, so the nature of a child’s understanding of death and bereavement will be different at different stages of their development.
Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people
Bereavement is a normal part of the life cycle. Losing someone significant will always involve complex feelings and emotions. A sudden and unexpected death can be devastating for children and young people and their families.
Helping children to cope at Christmas after a bereavement
When someone important in a family has died, Christmas can feel very different and it can be hard to manage. Christmas is a very family focused holiday, and after a bereavement, this can highlight the gap in a family even more.