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One of life's sad certainties is that we will all experience the loss of a loved one whether it be through death or changes of circumstances in the home. Talking about loss especially death remains something of a social taboo and most parents struggle to explain it to their children. But it's important to help children understand the mixture of emotions that accompany the passing or losing of someone close to them, to provide them with comfort and support through what will be a difficult period in their life.
At Hope we have been fortunate enough to participate in a pilot scheme run by the Liverpool Bereavement Services. The LBS have worked with six boys, for six weeks and they spent one and half hours participating in different activities. Children can find it very difficult to understand what has happened when someone leaves or dies and may find it difficult to express their feelings, therefore the activities not only gave pupils a focus but the group work also helped in developing a supportive environment.
They often will be aware of the tension and distress of the adults around them. What they understand and how they respond will vary depending on their age, previous experience and individual personalities. At Hope we have a member of staff who is trained in supporting children facing loss and bereavement, if you feel your son/charge will benefit from this intervention or you would like to speak to someone concerning any loss and bereavement issues please do not hesitate to contact Mrs E Anderson. Below are some links which will take you to certain sites which may also offer help and advice.