Losing a child is the most traumatic experience that anyone is likely to face. There is support
available for families that can be accessed. If you need further support please contact your GP for advice.
The majority of children who suffer bereavement will not suffer long term harm and will be fine with support
from families, peers and adults they come into contact with. Every child will respond differently to bereavement
depending upon a variety of factors. Here is some advice on how to support a child who is suffering from bereavement.
- Provide age appropriate information.
- Provide assurance that they are not to blame and that it is normal to have different feelings.
- Develop normal routines.
- Give the child time to talk and ask questions about what has happened.
General Support & Resources
Childhood Bereavement Network:
A website of resources to support children and young people who have suffered bereavement.
Young Minds is a general mental health website, with a section on supporting children through grief and loss.
A website offering support for a child or young person around bereavement.
Once upon a smile
A Greater Manchester charity that offers support to children and young people.
Resources for Children and Young People who suffered bereavement.
There are four local services offering support around bereavement for children and young people.
Antony Seddon: https://tasfund.org.uk/
Finding Rainbows: https://www.findingrainbows.co.uk/
Off the Record Tameside: http://www.otr-tameside.org/
Reubens Retreat: https://www.reubensretreat.org/