Winston's Wish

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Our National Helpline provides support, information and guidance to all those concerned about a bereaved child or young person. Following on from the call supporting publications are sent out free of charge. They offer anonymity and the time to absorb the intensive information at leisure.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2012 to 5:00 PM, 19 December 2012

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1061359)

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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy

    Helping

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  • The book "Muddles Puddles and and Sunshine" has been amazing! We have used it every day to help Gemma to talk about Daddy and her feelings.

    — Helpline service user

  • I read the book from cover to cover. The next morning my son asked me how Daddy died. I would not have know what to say if I had not read that book

    — Helpline service user

  • The book "Muddles Puddles and and Sunshine" has been amazing! We have used it every day to help Gemma to talk about Daddy and her feelings.

    — Helpline service user

  • I read the book from cover to cover. The next morning my son asked me how Daddy died. I would not have know what to say if I had not read that book

    — Helpline service user

Situation

Adults can find it difficult to talk with children about death, often because they are dealing with their own grief, but also because they are fearful of upsetting the child. Experience has shown us that when adults try to protect children by withholding information, the child will typically fill the gaps with their own vivid imaginations; commonly blaming themselves and worrying what has become of the person who died. Advice over a phone line is sometimes difficult to absorb and understand.

Solution

Publications offer benefits of privacy and can be used flexibly - a little at a time. This equips adults to support a bereaved child at their pace, in their style and in a home environment - in a format that can be repeated again & again. Funding will ensure these materials are available to those who need it at a time when it is needed most.