“Every 22 minutes a child in Britain is bereaved of a parent; this equates to 24,000 newly bereaved children each and every year. The death of a parent or sibling is one of the most fundamental losses a child will ever face.
At Winston’s Wish, we believe that bereaved children need support to make sense of death and rebuild their lives – and that is why we exist.”
“Our vision is that every bereaved child in the UK, and their family, receives access to quality support to help alleviate the pain caused by the death of someone close.”
Many children and young people experience the death of a parent, caregiver, sibling or grandparent. Even very young children can be deeply affected by the death of someone close. Children and young people react differently depending on their age and understanding but all should be supported to understand and express their grief.
“Hope Again is the youth website of Cruse Bereavement Care. It is a safe place where you can learn from other young people, how to cope with grief, and feel less alone.”
“The Childhood Bereavement Network (CBN) is the hub for those working with bereaved children, young people and their families across the UK. We underpin our members’ work with essential support and representation: bringing them together across localities, disciplines and sectors to improve bereavement care for children.
Collectively, we share a vision that all children and young people in the UK, together with their caregivers, can easily access a choice of high quality local and national information, guidance and support to enable them to manage the impact of death on their lives.”
Child Bereavement UK believes that all families should have access to the support and information they need when a child grieves or when a child dies. Through understanding their grieving process and receiving help in dealing with bereavement from appropriately trained professionals, families can learn to live with their grief and begin rebuilding their lives.