Bereavement Awareness for School Staff: Post-webinar resources

Our aim is to empower you to feel confident to be able to offer pupils the support they may need and to develop a bereavement-aware culture within your settings, acknowledging the enduring nature of loss and helping pupils to manage their grief and develop resilience for the future. Read more

Bereavement Awareness for Nurseries and Early Years: Post-webinar resources

Our aim is to empower you to feel confident to be able to offer pupils the support they may need and to develop a bereavement-aware culture within your settings, acknowledging the enduring nature of loss and helping pupils to manage their grief and develop resilience for the future. Read more

Bereavement Awareness Training for schools - follow-up resources

Further reading to empower you to feel confident to be able to offer pupils the support they may need and to develop a bereavement-aware culture within your settings, acknowledging the enduring nature of loss and helping pupils to manage their grief and develop resilience for the future. Read more

Bereavement in the School Community: Post-webinar resources

Our aim is to empower you to feel confident to be able to offer pupils the support they may need and to develop a bereavement-aware culture within your settings, acknowledging the enduring nature of loss and helping pupils to manage their grief and develop resilience for the future. Read more

When your baby dies - a particular kind of grief

When a baby dies, the parents we support at Child Bereavement UK speak of a grief that has no comparison, a particular kind of grief. The new life they created was unique to them, as is their grief, and therefore no one else can feel what they feel. Families talk about the utter devastation, and a sense of loneliness and isolation, caused both by the loss and the fact that it is often not understood by others. Read more

When you can't visit someone who is ill

Not being able to visit someone who is ill may add greatly to your anxiety about them. You may also be supporting children, who look to you for security and guidance. Here are some ideas which may help... Read more

When someone may have died by suicide

This information aims to give guidance when someone may have died by suicide. It covers what might happen in the first few days, how you might feel at the time and in future, ideas for what to tell people, and what might help to support you. Read more

When bereavement enters the workplace

Bereavement is one of the most common factors affecting employees’ performance at work, with an estimated 1 in 10 employees affected at any point in time, and it has been identified as a major life event that can cause or exacerbate mental health conditions, yet research has shown that bereaved people are being failed by a lack of support in the workplace. Read more

When a grandparent dies - the impact on children and young people

The death of a grandparent is often a child or young person’s first encounter with the death of someone important. Parents have a great deal to manage when their own parent or carer dies. There is the grief associated with their own loss, but also the reactions and responses of their children to the death of a grandparent. Read more

What helps grieving children and young people

Every child is unique and will cope with the death of someone important in their own way. There is no magic formula, but we hope that this information will help . Read more

Viewing a body with a child

Viewing a dead body may feel like a very grown-up thing for a child to do and many adults will understandably have reservations. Provided they are given a choice and are well prepared, bereaved children tell us that seeing the body is something that they do not regret doing. Read more

The death of a grandchild

Grieving is never easy, however, there is something about the death of a child that is particularly hard to bear. When that child is your grandchild, dealing with your own grief, while having to witness the grief of your son or daughter, can feel like a double loss. Read more

Supporting children through difficult times

It is normal for children to feel unsettled when something scary is happening or has happened, and many will be upset, sad or fearful at times. Read more

Certificates

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Royal Life Saving Society UK Partnership

Child Bereavement UK has joined forces with the UK’s drowning prevention charity, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), to address the devastating impact drowning has on families and communities. Read more

Donate4Dads

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Supporting children and young people bereaved by suicide

This information covers ideas for what to tell children and young people, how they might feel and respond, and what might help to support them. Read more

Supporting children and young people bereaved by murder or manslaughter

Information and guidance to help you support children and young people bereaved in this way, including messages from some young people who have had this experience. Read more

Supporting children and young people after a frightening event

Most children will, at some point during their childhood, experience or hear about a frightening event. Adults can feel unsure as to what information they should give to children. Read more

When a child dies - a loss like no other

This information includes quotes from bereaved parents and information on ways that might help you start to make small steps forward. Read more

Supporting bereaved children under 5 years of age

Whatever the circumstances, babies and children under five years of age need to have their grief acknowledged, and their distress comforted. Read more

Supporting bereaved children through difficult times

Frightening events widely reported in the media, such as the coronavirus pandemic, can cause children to worry about themselves and others. It is normal for children to feel unsettled when something scary is happening or has happened, and many will be upset, sad or fearful at times. Children who have been bereaved are likely to show a stronger reaction and may worry that they or someone they know will die. Read more

Resources for Education Providers

Listed below are some of the free resources mentioned during the webinar, which are available via our website. Read more

Supporting bereaved children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Just like any other child, a child with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) will need their grief to be recognised and understood and to be given opportunities to express how they feel. Read more

Supporting bereaved children and young people with special educational needs

Helping children with additional needs deal with their grief may present teachers, parents and carers with specific challenges. The child’s understanding may be at the level of a much younger child and they may have little sense of the permanence of death. Read more

Saying goodbye to your baby or child

After the death of a much longed-for baby or child, thinking about what to do next can feel completely overwhelming. Whether your baby or child died at home or in a hospital, or hospice, you do have options. Every parent reacts differently and how each decides to say goodbye to their baby or child will vary. Read more

Returning to work after your baby or child has died: guidance for employees

This information has been developed with help from bereaved parents who have experienced the death of their baby or child. Read more

Remembering

Grief is not about forgetting the person who has died, but about finding ways to remember them. Remembering can aid the grieving process. When someone dies, our feelings for them and memories of them stay alive and active inside us. Therefore, finding ways of expressing our memories is important. Read more

Remembering: collaborative projects for the school community

If a pupil or member of staff dies, the school community may welcome a collaborative project to help to remember the person who died, creating something positive for everyone to share. Read more

Partners may grieve differently

The way two people in a relationship deal with grief can sometimes differ and this can put additional strain on a relationship when a couple face bereavement together. Read more

Managing Christmas and other special occasions

When someone important has died, Christmas and other special occasions can feel hard to manage. Birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and other occasions can all highlight the painful fact that the person is not there, and how much you are missing them. Read more

Managing grief

A guide for education professionals and parents supporting bereaved pupils Read more

Looking after yourself

Information on the links between bereavement and physical well being - having a routine, social support, managing stress, exercise, sleep, diet and appetite. Read more

How we grieve

Death is a part of life, and at some point we have to face it. Through the process of grieving we learn how to cope with the future in spite of our loss. How well we manage this affects our quality of life and our ability to relate to others. Read more

How you can help someone return to work after their baby or child has died: guidance for employers

Guidance developed with help from bereaved parents who have experienced the death of their baby or child. Read more

How children and young people grieve

Children and young people grieve just as deeply as adults, but they show it in different ways. They learn how to grieve by copying the responses of the adults around them. They rely on adults to provide them with what they need to support them in their grief. Read more

Holding a funeral when you cannot meet

Trying to arrange or attend a funeral during the restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic is likely to add strain and distress, at an already difficult and painful time. Here are some ideas for ways to hold a funeral, or special ceremony, while at a distance, and why finding a way to say goodbye is important. Read more

Helping yourself through grief

However overwhelming your feelings of grief, it is possible to find ways of moving forward and facing what has happened, especially with support that is right for you. Read more

Grief and bereavement in Gypsy and Traveller families

Death and bereavement are experiences common to most of us and few of us go through life without experiencing the death of someone close. Each situation is unique and how we respond to such a death is very individual. Read more

Explaining to young children that someone has died

Talking to a young child about death and dying is incredibly difficult and can feel just too hard to do. The following are suggestions to help you with what to say, how much to say, when and how to say it. Read more

Explaining miscarriage, stillbirth or the death of a newborn baby to young children

This page explains how to answer questions from young children and suggests words to use that will help them to understand what has happened. Read more

Explaining funerals, burial and cremation to children

The following are suggestions to give you the confidence to talk about funerals in a way that feels right for you and your children. Read more

Let's Rock 80s Lockdown Fest

Join in with the Let’s Rock the 80s Lockdown Festival 2 on Friday 3 July – back by popular demand! Read more

Webinars for schools

Sign up to our free bereavement awareness webinars for nursery, primary and secondary schools. Read more

Delivering sad news

A guide to help education professionals, parents and carers tell a young person that someone has died Read more

Bereavement Awareness training for schools and Early Years settings

Bereavement awareness training webinars for education providers, designed for and by those working in the education sector. The webinars provide an introduction to supporting a bereaved pupil in nursery; primary; and secondary settings. Read more

Webinars - FAQs

FAQs for educational professionals attending Child Bereavement UK's webinars for schools. Read more

Webinars

Child Bereavement UK provides webinars to professionals and businesses involved with those affected by bereavement, assisting them to understand the challenges of grief and ways to help. Read more

Building resilience in bereaved children

Guidance and information on building resilience in bereaved children. Author: Child Bereavement UK Read more

Bereavement within the school community - communication

This free webinar offers information, support and guidance to professionals supporting bereaved pupils or responding to the death of a pupil or member of staff. The session will focus on communication during this difficult time, when schools remain closed to most pupils. It will include information to support pupils and their families/carers, and will address the following topics Read more

Newsletters

Our regular email updates include news, events, volunteering opportunities, fundraising campaigns and services. Read more

Coronavirus information

New guidance films and information to support families and schools, and updates on current events and support services. Read more

Short guidance films

With the impact of coronavirus widely reported, bereaved families may feel added anxiety. Our films provide information on supporting children and looking after yourself. Read more

Join the Big Bake this March

Get involved in the Big Bake this March to help raise funds for Child Bereavement UK. Read more

Join the Big Bake

Whether you like baking cakes, eating cakes, buying cakes, or just doing something in support of charity, you can help raise funds for Child Bereavement UK by getting involved in the Big Bake. Read more

Join us on a snowdrop walk

Plant snowdrops in memory of someone important to you and support the work of Child Bereavement UK Read more

Managing Christmas

When you’re bereaved, this can be a particularly tough time of year. Click here for tips from bereaved families on managing Christmas and special occasions. Read more

Air Ambulance Training Partnership

The Duke of Cambridge supports our bereavement training in partnership with London's Air Ambulance Charity. Read more

Accreditations and Awards

Our accreditations and awards Read more

Children's Grief Awareness Week

Children's Grief Awareness Week 2019 (15-21 November) is a chance to come together to show support for bereaved children across the UK. Organisations will be showing solidarity with grieving children, young people and their families in their community; raising awareness of their needs and how to help; and fundraising for their service Read more