For parents of children who may be encountering bereavement for the first time, knowing how to support them can be even tougher.
Each year, over 41,000 children experience bereavement. Child Bereavement UK estimates one in 29 school children have lost a parent or sibling – that’s one child in every class. 92% of young people will experience a significant bereavement before the age of 16, yet according to a 2016 YouGov survey, only one in 10 adults bereaved as a child said their school was very supportive of them at the time of their bereavement, and 6% of British adults still believe it’s never appropriate to talk to children of any age about death.
As part of our continued mission to create a happier, healthier society, together with Happiful Kids, Happiful Magazine, and our counsellors, we have created a new series of free resources focusing on childhood bereavement. Aiming to support parents, teachers, preschool and primary school aged children, you can discover our full range of free resources and articles:
- Making a Memory Box Guide for Kids
- Making a Memory Box Guide for Adults
- Grief Journaling Guide for Kids
- Grief Journaling Guide for Adults
- Making a memory box with a bereaved child (comic)
- Grief journaling for kids (comic)
- Helping a Grieving Friend (comic)
- Big Events Without You (comic)
- Bereavement Videos for Kids (coming January 2018)
- Tips for Helping Grieving Children Through Christmas (PDF)
- Activities to Help Grieving Children
- Children’s Book Corner: 5 Supportive Reads for Bereaved Children
- Tips for helping grieving children through Christmas
- The App Helping Children Through Bereavement
- Using journaling to help bereaved children
- Memory boxes and childhood bereavement
For the full range of new, free bereavement resources, check out our Childhood Bereavement page.