Leading bereavement charity Child Bereavement UK has launched a new animated short film to help bereaved people to understand their grief and find ways to cope. The launch coincides with Father’s Day, an occasion which can be difficult if you’re grieving. 

What is grief?, which is sponsored by Co-op Funeralcare, is the latest in a series of award-winning animations by Child Bereavement UK, which form part of the charity’s comprehensive range of bereavement support resources. 

Child Bereavement UK helps families to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. The charity supports children and young people (up to the age of 25) when someone important to them has died or is not expected to live, and parents and the wider family when a baby or child dies or is dying. 

The new animation explains some of the different ways people grieve, the feelings and challenges they might experience, and some things that can help. 

Maninder Hayre, Director of Services and Partnerships at Child Bereavement UK said:

Occasions like Father’s Day with its big build up in the shops and media can be particularly poignant for those who are missing someone special who has died, be it a father, father figure, baby, child, or anyone else important to them. 

Knowing that how you’re feeling is normal and finding ways to cope with difficult feelings can be helpful. Whether you’re grieving yourself or being supportive to someone you know, we hope this film will help people to understand their grief as well as feel better understood.

Co-op Funeralcare has backed the new animation as part of its wider strategy to provide supportive aftercare to bereaved families in the communities they serve. 

Helen Smith, Co-op Funeralcare Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We are so pleased to be able to support Child Bereavement UK and the launch of their brand-new animation, particularly during this time of the year.

Whilst Father’s Day can be a celebration for many, we also know that it can bring back feelings of grief for those that have experienced the death of a parent. And this is why bereavement resources such as this are so important to offer support to those who may be struggling and help them navigate through those difficult times

For those who may be struggling around Father’s Day, Child Bereavement UK has created guidance on managing special occasions. 

Keep talking: Talk to your family or friends about how you’re feeling and discuss whether you’d like to do something together and what that might be. 

Be kind to yourself: For many families, the build-up to special occasions can often feel worse than the day itself. Make time for yourself too if you need it and try not to put yourself under undue stress or pressure. 

Do what feels right for you: There’s no wrong or right way to mark a special occasion. Don’t feel you need to stick to a plan or conform to what other people expect of you or what they are doing.

Make new traditions: Some families get comfort from creating their own new family traditions, for example by doing something special together, taking part in fun activities, doing something creative, or just taking time out to remember the person who has died.

Do something to remember: Families say that doing something in memory of their special person can be a good way to mark an occasion, such as cooking a meal they liked or visiting somewhere that reminds you of them. 

There is no time limit: Remember there is no time limit on grief; whilst the pain of grief may become more manageable with time, memories will always be with us. 

View the short animation here: www.childbereavementuk.org/what-is-grief-animation

Notes for editors

Co-op Funeralcare is the UK’s leading funeral provider for funerals and pre-paid plans.

Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a child grieves or when a child dies.