Coping with bereavement
Dealing with illness and saying goodbye
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.
Where you can find support
Winston's Wish and its children's site Help2MakeSense provide specialist bereavement support to help in a number of different and creative ways. Help2MakeSense has lots of great ideas to help children with their grief through mediums that appeal to them.
This site contains a range of services, videos and additional links to help the whole family cope with grief. Scroll down on the link to find specific advice for helping children with grief.
Lots of good advice on this site including how to cope with not being able to visit people who are ill, not being able to attend funerals and giving bereavement support.
Do you need to talk to your child about the death of a loved one during the COVID-19 pandemic? If you find yourself in this very sad and difficult position, we hope this short animation will support you.
Sometimes a death of a loved one can consume a person in so much grief that it can be a challenge to focus on anything else. If this happens, there is additional support that the school can help refer you to to allow you to get the help your family needs to focus on a brighter future.
Harlington Hospice offer a bereavement service for Hillingdon residents and children.
This service is available to those who have experienced bereavement or have someone close to them with a life-limiting illness. The types of services available include:
- 1:1 Individual art therapy sessions
- Groups sessions according to age group
- Family sessions