Jigsaw (South East)

Grief Support Project - Family Groups

We support children and young people who have lost a loved one, such as a parent, sibling or significant adult. We run six-week Family Groups at local venues, bringing together bereaved families, helping them to develop strategies for moving forward with their lives.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1147696)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£3,000

Amount raised

£6,750

Donations

46

  • "You have helped me so much thank you"

    — child who attended one of our Family Groups in Autumn 2017

  • "Jigsaw helped me realise I wasn't on my own"

    — young person supported by Jigsaw (South East)

  • "the transformation of one of my daughters was amazing and I thank everyone for supporting us with that"

    — mother who attended a Family Group in Autumn 2016

  • "the transformation of one of my daughters was amazing and I thank everyone for supporting us with that"

    — mother who attended a Family Group in Autumn 2016

  • "You have helped me so much thank you"

    — child who attended one of our Family Groups in Autumn 2017

  • "Jigsaw helped me realise I wasn't on my own"

    — young person supported by Jigsaw (South East)

Situation

The death of a parent or close relative can be devastating for a child and have a big impact on their life in both the short and long term. They can experience profound grief, anger, anxiety, a loss of confidence and feel isolated. The bereaved family can suffer from a break down in communication as no-one wants to talk about the death for fear of upsetting others. Longer tem, they are more likely to suffer mental health problems and engage in high risk activities such as drug/alcohol abuse.

Solution

Our Family Groups bring together bereaved young people who have all experienced the death of a loved one. They realise that they are not alone and feel less isolated. The Family Groups help them understand what has happened, handle their emotions, develop coping strategies and learn how to communicate about their loss. The families find that they can now talk about the person that has died and share positive memories - this rebuilds family relationships that have often deteriorated.