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Covid-19: supporting bereaved children and young people

 

Staying connected When someone is seriously ill

Keeping in touch

Having to be apart from loved ones when they are so seriously ill that they might die is one of the very worst aspects of the Covid-19 outbreak. Our guide for families has ways for children and adults to keep in touch and feel connected, even at a distance.

Download the guide

Tips for young people on keeping in touch

Young people can download and complete this card as a reminder of the ways they would like to stay in touch with someone important to them.

Download the card

 

Supporting bereaved children during the outbreak

The outbreak of Covid-19 means that many aspects of children's lives are changing. School is closed for most, lots of parents are working from home, and families are having to spend time apart when they would like to be together. The news is full of talk of the virus and the effect it is having.

Many children will have questions and worries about the virus, but those who have experienced the death of someone important or who have an ill family member might be particularly worried. This page has some tips about supporting bereaved children during the outbreak.

  • Child Bereavement UK have guidance films and information to support families and schools in supporting children during the outbreak, including staying in touch with someone who is seriously ill, supporting bereaved children during difficult times and supporting pupils.
  • Winston's Wish have produced guidance on topics including talking to bereaved children about coronavirus, telling a child that someone has died from coronavirus, and saying goodbye when a funeral isn't possible
  • Cruse Bereavement Care have produced some tips about talking to children among their wider resources about grief and coronavirus
  • Grief Encounter are running activities for bereaved children and families on their Instagram page
  • You can find local and national child bereavement services here.

Grief support from parent or carer

We have developed some cards that bereaved young people can use during the lockdown to reach out for support from their parent or carer, friend and school. There’s also one with tips for themselves

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Saying goodbye and funerals

The requirements around social distancing mean that some children and young people won't be able to go to the funeral of a loved one during the outbreak. Click below for some suggestions about other ways of saying goodbye from our members at