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The Funeral

After the death of a loved one you may be wondering how and even whether to include your children in the mourning rituals for the person who has died.

Seeing the person who has died

After a death, families are faced with lots of difficult choices and decisions at a time when they are at their most vulnerable.

Helping a child cope with the death of a parent

This paper sets out some ideas which may be helpful to those who are providing care and support to the grieving child.

Children's understanding of Death

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.

Helping a child to cope when a Grandparent dies

For many children, the death of a grandparent is their first experience of bereavement. Others may be a bit more prepared having had a family pet or someone else that they know die.

Activities for families to do after the death of a loved one

Children grieve just as adults do. Any child old enough to form a relationship will experience some form of grief when a relationship is severed and a loved one dies.

Supporting children when a loved one has died through suicide

The death of someone important can cause great pain and sadness, whatever the cause of death.

Supporting siblings when their brother or sister dies

Every family is unique, with its own values, culture, behaviours and traditions. The death of a child, whether as a baby or later in life, impacts on different families in different ways.

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.

10 ways to remember a loved one through crafts

This activity helps you think about happy memories while creating something beautiful to help remember your loved one. You can even add objects to the jar that have significant meanings.

Coping with Mother's Day

Mother’s Day can be a very difficult time for children whose Mum has died. What matters is that they are supported to remember Mum in whatever way feels right for them at this special time.

Coping with Father's Day

Father’s Day can be a very difficult time for children whose Dad has died. What matters is that they are supported to remember Dad in whatever way feels right for them at this special time.

Supporting children and young people after a disaster

As grownups, we all have a role to play in supporting the children in our lives after a ‘news-worthy’ disaster such as a terrorist attack, or natural or man-made disasters.

Someone important to me is going to die

When we are told that someone significant in our lives is going to die, we can feel very bewildered and distressed. These feelings are called ‘anticipatory grief’. O

Helping bereaved children and young people maintain healthy sleep patterns

In the aftermath of the death of someone close, the sleep patterns of a bereaved child or young person can change significantly. Left unchecked and unsupported, this can be damaging.

Fear of separation after a bereavement

The impact of a bereavement affects children in very similar ways to those of adults, but their expressions of grief can be different.

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.

Supporting grieving pre-school children

When someone significant dies, especially if that person has had a primary caring role in the child’s life, even very young children will miss them and grieve for their loss.