Grief is powerful and can seem overwhelming, particularly in the early days of the loss of a loved one. It’s normal to experience strong emotions, which may include anger, anxiety, confusion, depression, numbness and disbelief. You may also find you have difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite and other reactions.
However, grief is also natural. Many find that releasing emotions is much better than keeping them locked up. Mourning a loss is a way to come to terms with it – and in time, to move on with our lives.
You may find that the support of others helps at this time. There are bereavement care and support groups, which some people find both comforting and useful. Here are some links you may find useful:
Providing support for grieving children
It is estimated that a child is involved in some way in over 80% of all funerals in the UK. Following the death of a loved one, parents and children can experience a bewildering array of emotions and feelings and this can be particularly difficult and confusing for children. Helping a child through the trauma of losing a parent, sibling or grandparent is one of the most emotional events any parent can experience.
A helpful handbook called ‘Remember Me Always’ is now available for families caring for children that are bereaved. It gives parents and carers ideas and suggestions on the following difficult topics:
How to break bad news to children
Practical ideas for the early days following a death
Should children attend funerals?
Preparing children for viewing a body
Preparing children for attending a funeral
Ideas for explaining cremation and burials to children
Children’s reactions to death
Information on helping children cope with the death of a parent
Building the self-esteem of a bereaved child
Spirituality and rituals as a source of healing
Helping children express grief
And much more
Written and illustrated by experts, the handbook has been described as practical, accessible and easy to read. One reader commented: “At a time when families are trying to make sense of the loss they have experienced, this book is a lifeline for parents attempting to meet all the needs of the remaining family” and another said: “I wish I had this booklet to hand when my father died, so I could have helped my daughter more sensitively. It deserves a wide circulation and a prominent position in all bookshops.”
For a copy of the ‘Remember Me Always’ handbook, simply call 0800 633 5626 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org