This part of our website is for children who are at primary school in Plymouth and nearby areas such as Tavistock and Ivybridge. We are adding to this page all the time, so please keep checking back to see what’s new.
When Somebody Important Dies
When somebody important dies, it can get tricky with our feelings, our memories and what to do with it all. We can help you! We can help adults in your life with giving them the words if they are not sure what to say. Sometimes adults worry about that. Sometimes children worry that they will upset adults by talking about somebody that died. It’s okay to talk, it’s okay to cry. If somebody has died, the worst thing has already happened.
If you want, we can speak to you, but first an adult has to ring us up. This can be any adult in your life, if your parent or carer knows and agrees that this is a good idea.
When we meet, we can talk and tell you about what we do. Lots of the children that we meet feel like they are the only ones who are feeling sad or angry or worried. We meet lots of children who are feeling mixed up because someone important has died and they don’t know what to do. This mix of feelings is called grief and it happens to adults and children.
Jeremiah’s Friends is the name of our group for children and older children and it meets after school for nine weeks. It’s a chance to feel like you are not the only one and find out all about how we feel about our memories and what to do with our feelings. We do this by getting busy. Together, we make things like memory boxes and family shields and we give you other things like compassionate kit bags to try and make it easier.
Story Group meets 4 times using Zoom. It’s a group for the under 8’s and can help when they don’t need to attend a longer group. We listen and watch stories and then talk about them. It helps children and adults to find the words to talk about grief and whoever they are grieving. Children bring a cuddly toy and something to draw with.
I cannot recommend them enough. It helped me cope when I lost my gran. My friend also came with me as he lost his mum. We shared the experience together, made it easier. Plus having other kids to talk too works wonders.
Emma Stevens, January 2021