To support local children and young people who have lost a loved one through our Grief Support Family Groups which help families create positive memories, manage their grief and find ways of moving forward with their lives.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1147696)
"It was great to share our memories and to realise you are not on your own."
"We don’t feel alone in our situation anymore. We've made friends with the other families and hope to continue to see them."
"Jigsaw has brought me so far since my Dad died three years ago."
"I realised I could be creative and think of many ways to express my grief."
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 term, they are more likely to suffer mental health problems and engage in high risk activities such as drug/alcohol abuse.
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.
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