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Grieving is different for everyone, every circumstance is unique and grief is a complicated emotion. Grief Encounter has produced a range of useful guides that may help you navigate your grief, or those around you….

Memorial Days and the Importance of Remembrance

Memorial days play a significant role in the grief and healing process, providing a dedicated space and time for reflection, remembrance, and honouring those who are no longer with us. While each culture and community may have its unique memorial traditions, the purpose remains universal – to pay tribute to those who have died, continuing bonds and therefore acknowledging the impact they had on us, and find hope and healing in shared memories.

Coping with International Humanitarian Disasters and Associated Grief

International humanitarian disasters, such as the Moroccan earthquakes that have taken place this weekend, can have devastating effects on individuals and communities around the world. It might be difficult to have a conversation with children and young people around the events taking place in Morocco, especially if you have been directly affected by the tragedy.

The Crucial Role of Trusted Adults in Children and Young People’s Grief

Navigating grief can be extremely challenging, particularly for children and young people who may find themselves overwhelmed by a mix of complex emotions. This Children Grief Awareness Week, as we raise awareness of the need for professional support for bereaved children and young people, it is essential to acknowledge the difference ‘help’ can make in a child’s grief experience.

Guiding Children and Young People Through Terror Attacks and World Crisis Events  

During, or in the aftermath, of a widely publicised terror attack, in the UK or beyond, children and young people may experience a wide range of emotions, including fear, uncertainty, sadness and grief. In this guide, we aim to offers insights and strategies for talking to children and young people about death, dying, fear, and uncertainty following a terror attack. 

Coping with International Crises

International humanitarian disasters, such as the events taking place in the Middle East have devastating effects on individuals and communities around the world. Coping with the trauma, and grief that result from these events can be overwhelming, along with associated grief which comes from exposure to the events, and stories of families affected, in the wider international media. It might be difficult to have a conversation with children and young people around the events taking place in Israel, especially if you have been directly affected by the tragedy.

Top 10 tips to help support our well-being

It might be difficult to have a conversation with children and young people about humanitarian disasters, especially if you have been directly impacted by the tragedy or if children and young people have relatives and friends living in those countries affected. It is important first and foremost to reassure children and young people that you and the local community are doing all they can to keep them safe.

Bereavement support for the LGBTQ+ Community

We all have individual needs and will have different experiences with grief and being LGBTQ+ may mean that you have specific concerns or questions about getting the bereavement support you need. Grief Encounter is here to provide open-access care, for when you need it most.

Tips for Special days

Father's Day can be a challenging day for those who have experienced the death of their fathers, grandfathers, brothers, uncles, ‘Just-Like-Dad’s’ or children. It becomes even more overwhelming when you come across Father's Day displays in shops, receive numerous emails asking if you want to opt out of Father's Day, or get targeted social media ads with Father’s Day gift ideas. Here are some suggestions to help you cope with the emotions that arise on Father's Day.

The Importance of Memory Making

After the death of someone close, like a parent or a sibling, memories become more important to us all, especially children, as a way of continuing the bond between them and the person. Keeping those memories alive are a crucial way to validate a child’s emotions and help them express their thoughts and feelings.

Self care in bereavement

After the death of someone close, like a parent or a sibling, memories become more important to us all, especially children, as a way of continuing the bond between them and the person. Keeping those memories alive are a crucial way to validate a child’s emotions and help them express their thoughts and feelings.

Navigating the Festive Season When Grieving

The festive season is often associated with joy, celebration, and togetherness. However, for those experiencing grief, this time of year can be particularly challenging. The holiday break can intensify feelings of loss, longing, and hurt. Here are some coping strategies for individuals, children and young people navigating grief during the festive period.

Funerals – what happens next?

Rituals, like a funeral or scattering ashes in a special place, are an important way for families to say goodbye to someone who has died. Children may also benefit from the chance to remember that person or say goodbye. It can also help them express their grief and share it with others. However, funerals and what they mean will raise questions about what happens to the body, and what happens next.