Currently we support about 220 children each year who are grieving. This number has grown steadily over the last five years. Nearly half of the children and families that we supported, in the last year, were bereaved through sudden and often traumatic causes of death for example suicide and road traffic accidents and just over a third were bereaved through long term illnesses such as cancer. Nearly half of these children had lost or were facing the loss of a parent.
Through bringing people together we aim to help families to realise that they are not alone in their grief.
We provide support to children and their parents/carers when the future feels uncertain or when hope feels lost. Providing groups for children facing the death of a parent or those who have experienced the death of someone significant can be hugely beneficial.
We are the only service in the local area that offers this level of support, without us, families would have nowhere to turn. Children who feel more able to cope with their grief often report that they have improved concentration at school and less difficulties in expressing and dealing with their emotions.
The group also ensures that children realise that they are not alone and can help to improve communication within the family unit.