Cruse Bereavement Care is showing its support for Children’s Grief Awareness Week 2015 (19 to 25 November) by raising awareness of bereaved children’s needs. The week kicks off with international Children’s Grief Awareness Day on 19 November and continues with a week of activities across the UK.
This year, the theme is ‘Supporting parents & carers, supporting grieving children’. We’re making the point that while parents and carers are the first line of support for grieving children, we all have a part to play in supporting parents and carers in their vital role.
1 in 29 school age children in the UK have been bereaved of a parent or sibling – that’s around one in every classroom. We estimate that 24,000 parents die each year leaving dependent children.
After the death of someone close, children need support in their grief, to be nurtured and to feel a sense of continuity, helping them weave together the threads of their past and their future. The care they get from those close to them is one of the biggest factors affecting how they learn to live with their loss. It can be a daily struggle for parents and carers to support their children when they are grieving themselves. Advice from those who have been through this include ‘trust your instincts’ and ‘don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it’.
Parents and carers shouldn’t have to cope alone. Family, friends, colleagues, schools and the government all have a part to play in supporting them to support their grieving children. At Cruse we supported 4,955 children and young people face to face in 2014/15 and we we believe that specialist services like Cruse should be available for all grieving children and their families who need them – wherever they live and however they have been bereaved – helping them realise that they are not alone.