Grief and Loss
STAYING CONNECTED WHEN SOMEONE IS SERIOUSLY ILL -
Information from Childhood Bereavement Network
Having to be apart from loved ones when they are so seriously ill that they might die is one of the very worst aspects of the Covid-19 outbreak.The Childhood Bereavement Network’s guide has ways for children and adults to keep in touch and feel connected, even at a distance.
Information from National bereavement charities:
Child Bereavement UK have made a short film about supporting bereaved children during the outbreak
Winston's Wish have produced guidance on
- talking to bereaved children about coronavirus
- telling a child that someone is seriously ill
- telling a child that someone has died from coronavirus
Cruse Bereavement Care have produced some tips about talking to children among their wider resources about grief and coronavirus
Grief Encounter are running activities for bereaved children and families on their Instagram page
SAYING GOODBYE AND FUNERALS when social distancing means that some children will not be able to attend the funeral. The requirements around social distancing mean that some children and young people won't be able to go to the funeral of a loved one during the outbreak. Click below for some suggestions about other ways of saying goodbye from our members at
How to say goodbye when a funeral isn't possible, from Winstons Wish
Guidance for families around funerals, from Nelson's Journey
Organising a meaningful funeral from Quaker Social Action
Bright picture books such as the ones mentioned below can help open conversations about loss and grief, taking time to grief and finding a way forward when ready. The bright illustrations and sensitive vocabulary support with the wide spectrum of feelings children (and adults) experience in bereavement. It encourages conversation and cherishes the memory of that special person they have lost and supports to regain positivity as you move forward.
The Most Colourful Creature in the Jungle
“The Most Colourful Creature in the Jungle” is a picture book (of circa 600 words) aimed at children ranging from approximately 3-7 years old who have been bereaved. It has therapeutic appeal, designed to assist the very young in overcoming emotionally difficult situations. A free copy of this publication has been made available by the author Hannah Roots and provided to us by Slideaway (Kent bereavement support for children and young adults) You will find the PDF of 'the most colourful creature in the Jungle' below.
The Heart and the Bottle
Picture book by Oliver Jeffers about love and loss and the journey of grief.