Hello. This bit of our website is for children who are at primary school in Plymouth and close by places like Tavistock, Saltash, Torpoint and Ivybridge. We are adding bits to this part of our website all the time so please keep checking back to see what’s new.
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 come and see 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 come to see you, we can see you at home 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 a few 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 sand jars, memory boxes and we give you other things like coping bags to try and make it easier.
When we find out that someone is going to die, it’s a different tricky time. We can help you to make memories together, to talk about what death is and what you want to do together. We can help you to talk about what happens after someone dies. Some of the children that we have met have planned funerals with the person that is going to die, some have talked about a special place to go and remember them. Some people have made things together that they can keep safe.
We run a group that gives you a chance to do things with other families that have someone who is not going to get better and how to make some great memories while they are still alive. One family told me that they had got to the front of the queue on a day out because one of them looked so poorly which made them laugh.