1 IN 29 SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN IN THE UK HAVE BEEN BEREAVED OF A PARENT OR SIBLING.
24,000 parents die each year, leaving dependent children.
Children’s Grief Awareness Week UK – 16 – 22 November 2017
Children’s Grief Awareness Week UK is designed to raise awareness of bereaved children and young people in the UK, and how providing those affected with free, professional support can make the world of difference to their future. Children’s Grief Awareness Week UK 2017 will be an opportunity for us all to acknowledge the painful impact that the death of a loved one has on the life of a child, and an opportunity to make sure these children receive the support they need. The theme for the week is #YoureNotAlone – we can all make a difference to make sure that bereaved children and young people’s voices are heard.
Childhood Bereavement Network and Grief Encounter are proud to link to Highmark Caring Place, the organisation who pioneered this in the USA.
How you can get involved
- Use your social media to get attention – post messages of support on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using the hashtags #YoureNotAlone and #ChildrensGriefAwareness
- Download the CGAWeek 2017 poster and tweet a picture of yourself with it
- Arrange a meeting with your MP – here’s a guide
- Download the logo for your publicity here
- Sending a news release to your local media outlet to say how you’re supporting the initiative
16-22 Nov is #ChildrensGriefAwareness Week: a chance to remind bereaved children & young people #YoureNotAlone http://bit.ly/1jAvSts
Gearing up 4 #ChildrensGriefAwarenessWeek 16-22 Nov: reminding bereaved cyp & those caring for them #YoureNotAlone www.childrensgriefawarenessweek.com
Children’s Grief Awareness Week (16-22 November 2017) is a chance for us to come together to show our support for bereaved children across the UK.
The theme for the Week is #YoureNotAlone. The Childhood Bereavement Network and Grief Encounter are working with organisations to coordinate a whole week of activities. We’ll be active on social media, promoting messages that remind bereaved children and their families that they are not on their own, and support is out there. Making contact with others who’ve experienced bereavement can help them feel less lonely, give them ideas for coping, and support them to face the future with hope.
Local child bereavement services can use the Week to show solidarity with children, young people and their families; raise awareness of their needs and how to help; and fundraise for their service.
Get ideas of how you can join in at http://www.childrensgriefawarenessweek.com and http://www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk/campaigns/childrens-grief-awareness-week.aspx
Bereaved children and young people – #YoureNotAlone
- All too often, bereaved children feel very alone
- But the numbers are higher than many people think. 1 in 29 children and young people in our schools have been bereaved of a parent or sibling – that’s roughly one per class. The Childhood Bereavement Network estimates that over 100 children are bereaved of a mum or dad each day, and many more are bereaved of a brother, sister, grandparent or someone else important in their lives.
- It helps for children to realise they are not alone. There are others out there like them, going through similar difficult times and learning to live with their loss.
- In many areas, children can meet others through local child bereavement services. They can share stories, make a connection and help each other to cope.
- We want that support to be available in every local area, wherever children live and however they have been bereaved
- Some young people prefer to connect with others online – there are websites that can help them do that in a safe space
Grieving parents – #YoureNotAlone
- Parenting after widowhood or the death of a child can feel very lonely, too.
- Peer support from organisations like WAY Widowed and Young & The Compassionate Friends can help parents meet others who ‘just get it’
- Online and telephone support can help parents feel more connected
Professionals supporting bereaved families – #YoureNotAlone
- For teachers, nurses, GPs and other professionals, supporting bereaved children and their families can feel overwhelming. Professionals want to help but worry about saying the wrong thing or making things worse.
- We want professionals to feel ready to acknowledge children’s grief and be kind to them day to day
- We want professionals to feel part of a network of support for children – knowing when and how to help their families find extra help
- Training, both face to face and online, can help professionals feel more confident about supporting families
Established in 2003 by Dr Shelley Gilbert MBE, Grief Encounter is one of the UK’s leading child bereavement charities, providing free, pioneering services and support to bereaved children, young people and their families.