ADVICE AND INFORMATION
Following a bereavement, you may experience feelings similar to shock, despair, denial, anger, fear, guilt, anxiety, relief and sadness. Whilst these feelings are perhaps difficult to manage, it is comforting to know that they are perfectly ‘normal’ emotions following a sudden or anticipated bereavement.
WHAT TO TELL A CHILD / YOUNG PERSON WHEN SOMEONE DIES:
- Try to be honest and open as possible about what has happened, but bearing in mind the age of the child / young person you are speaking to and the bereavement in question.
- Use age-appropriate language to explain and segment it so it’s easier for them to understand and retain.
- Listen to them. It’s okay not to have all the answers right now, but what’s important is that they feel heard and supported by you.
- Ensure that the child / young person knows that they can talk to you at any time and that you provide this opportunity for them.
- Encourage the child / young person to remember the good (and bad!) times about the person in different ways, perhaps writing something down or drawing pictures.
If you are a young person or a parent wanting any bereavement support or advice, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 020 8371 8455 (option 1) and we will be happy to help.