Bereavement

Useful Websites

Cruse Bereavement Care - South East Surrey

All our volunteers are specifically trained in working with children aged 5+ and young people, and can see the young person in their home or at school. We are able to work on a one-to-one basis, with siblings or the whole family as appropriate (usually with a different volunteer for each member of the family) and we will work for as long as it is considered necessary. 

Tel: 01737 772834 

Email: surrey.east@cruse.org.uk

Jigsaw4U (South East)

Jigsaw supports bereaved children of all ages, young people and their families and those affected by a family member having a terminal diagnosis throughout Surrey, Sussex and surrounding areas. 

  • Grief support 

  • Preparing for loss 

Make an Online Self referral here

Helpline: 01342 313895 (9am-12pm Mon-Fri) 

Email: info@jigsawsoutheast.org.uk

Winston’s Wish

Winston’s Wish is the UK’s childhood bereavement charity. It supports children and their families after the death of a parent or a sibling.

 

Bereavement Advice Centre

Give practical information, advice and signposting on the many issues and procedures that face us after the death of someone close

Childmind

Helpful information on how to discuss bereavement with your child and gives tips on what to expect in different aged children and how to support them.

Recommended Reading

There are a huge amount of publications on autism aimed at children, parents and siblings. The ones most widely used by Learning Space with children and young adults are:

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For Adults

 

Still Here with Me: Teenagers and Children on Losing a Parent

by Suzanne Sjöqvist

ISBN: 9781843105015

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For Teenagers

 

 

Sad Book

By Michael Rosen

ISBN: 9781843108153

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For Younger Children

 

Sad Isn't Bad

 

By Michaelene Mundy

ISBN: 9780870293214

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For Younger Children

 

 

Badger's Parting Gifts

By Susan Varley

ISBN: 9781849395144

Recommended Worksheets and Booklets

Grief Encounter - A workbook to encourage conversations about loss between children and adults Shelley Gilbert

 

When Someone Very Special Dies - Children can learn to deal with grief Marge Heegaard

 

Muddles Puddles and Sunshine - practical and sensitive support for bereaved children Diana Crossley

Support ideas

Create a Memory box

A memory box is a container that holds special things belonging to you. It might include photos, some favourite music, letters, or a recorded message. These objects and messages can help remind your children or loved ones of happy times you spent together and offer them some comfort. It can be a useful way to pass on memories and could be made with any loved one in mind, not just your children.  

Memorial balloons / lanterns

Releasing a balloon or lantern is a ritual that symbolizes releasing a lost loved one or sending loving thoughts to their spirit. Some people write notes and attach them to balloons or lanterns

 

Planting Trees or Flowers

It is a warm and moving way of keeping a lost loved one's memory alive and creates a tranquil place to visit and treasure the happy memories.