@The HUB, Guernsey, Sunflower Project group for bereaved children (8-12years) made a poster this week for Childrens Grief Awareness week 19th -25th November.
The week is all about ‘Supporting parents and carers, supporting grieving children’. The children at our bereavement group wanted to make a poster made up of suggestions about what they would like their friends to do to help them while they are grieving. Everyone agreed that there is no right thing for everyone but it is really important to show you care and understand even if they are acting a bit strangely. We are going to ask schools to display the posters for the wee and try to make everyone think about how they can help grieving families. To find out more about the week and see how you can get involved go to: http://www.childrensgriefawarenessweek.com.
The best way to support grieving children and young people is to help their parents and carers. In the UK 1 in 29 children under 18 have lost a parent or sibling. The first line of support for grieving children are those closest to them. It is vital that they can access the support they need. The Sunflower Project based at The HUB has information and resources for parents, carers, children, young people and professionals. Talk to your children about how they can support their friends. Remember there are no rules about how to feel so it is important to check out what helps and what doesn’t.