When you are grieving yourself, it can be very hard to help your child cope with the death of a family member. Everyone in the family will be experiencing intense emotions and it can feel impossible to offer them support and deal with your own feelings. The way they are reacting can feel very confusing and keep changing unexpectedly. Just when you are feeling least able to manage, it seems that the demands on you as the adult in the family can seem at their greatest. Your friends and wider family can often feel at a loss too and don’t know how to support you. You may not even feel you have a wider network to call upon. We are here.
We can offer some advice on the telephone and a listening ear
Sometimes all you need to know is that you are already doing the right things or to talk to someone outside the immediate situation who has experience and training in bereavement support.
Sometimes you will decide it would be useful for you or your other family members to get some further support.
We are in the process of planning an event for parents to support their children, this will be facilitated group that will be led by one of our parents. We will trial it first as a taster session and then be in touch with parents to invite them to the sessions in Autumn this year.
We can meet your child or children and see what support might be useful
Sessions with one of our trained volunteers can offer your child the tailor made support you need to suit your particular circumstances. These can happen in a setting agreed with our volunteer that will suit your child or children’s needs.
We can tell you about our CHYPS family sessions and peer group meetings
CHYPS – family group
Sessions led by an experienced worker open to parents and their children, reducing the sense of isolation that often comes after a bereavement.
A chance to spend time doing a range of outside and indoor activities with group of young people who have all been bereaved.
We can give the school pointers on how best to support your family
We can make sure your school has the best advice on how to support your child so they can work more confidently with you to help them learn to live with their grief, be aware of particularly difficult times in the year such as anniversaries, birthdays etc. create opportunities for them to talk when they need to. This can also make it easier for other children in the class to become more aware of what your child might need.
We have a lot of resources on this website that might give you new ideas and ways of coping click through to Resources page