Supporting bereaved families
Organisations that may be able to help
- Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals both when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, and when a child is facing bereavement.
- Winston's Wish supports bereaved children, their families and the professionals who support them.
- Care for the Family provides a range of support services for people who have been bereaved
- SeeSaw was established in 2000 to meet the needs of bereaved children and young people in Oxfordshire and has a great range of downloadable resources for parents and professionals on their website
- Wirral CAMHS has produced a guide for supporting children with severe learning disabilities with bereavement and grief
- The Compassionate Friends is a charitable organisation of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents dedicated to the support and care of other similarly bereaved family members.
- The Courage Foundation seeks to support children and families as they live with bereavement of losing a sibling by providing days out, weekends away and annual passes to fun and exciting attractions around the country.
- Your local hospice may be able to offer support or signpost you to other organisations.
Books for children
- ‘Jesus still loves Joe’ by Victoria Beech and the Paediatric Chaplaincy Network; this is also available as a free video online here.
- Muddles, Puddles and Sunshine’ by Diana Crossley
- ‘Michael Rosen’s Sad Book’ by Michael Rosen
- ‘Waterbugs and Dragonflies’ by Doris Stickney
- ‘Badger’s Parting Gift’ by Susan Varley
- ‘Sad isn’t Bad: a Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing with Loss’ by Michaealene Mundy
- ‘Tapestry’ by Bob Hartman and Susie Poole
- ‘Always and Forever’ by Alan Durant and Debi Gliori
- 'When Someone Dies' by Bill Merrington
Books for professionals and volunteers working with families
- ‘Walking in their Shadow: Supporting Children and Young People Through Bereavement’ by Lex Bradley and Lucy Moore
- ‘Children and Bereavement’ by Wendy Duffy
- Seriously Messy is a really useful book from Messy Church exploring themes of death and grief, which provides material that might be useful for both people working with bereaved families and the families themselves.
- Beyond Fine Thanks has a range of suggested resources for grieving families
- Bereavement and trauma resources from the Church of England
- Simon Parry’s album of songs specially written for children and families dealing with grief
- In an episode of the Parenting for Faith podcast, Rachel interviewed a minister about how he explains death to children, especially when you're unsure of their faith and family situation.
On our website we have some articles that may be helpful:
• Thinking about creating windows into our emotions for our children to see
• Two training documents on prayer ministry with children – helping them connect with God when they are finding it difficult: part 1 and part 2. This is also taught to parents and carers in session 7 of the course
• Helping us answer any question our children might have.