The Upward Spiral of Grief

There are a few different grief theories and models around that attempt to explain how people grieve. Many of them are very linear in approach and seem to imply that there are various different stages to work through, in a specific order, until the person reaches acceptance of their loved one's death. Some, however, look at grief being different fo...
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Pre-Bereavement - When A Loved One Is Not Expected To Live

How children react to the news that a parent is dying will vary enormously. Having information about what is happening can really help children to feel they are involved and that everyone is going through this together. As a parent you may feel concerned about what information to give to your children at a time when you are coming to terms with you...
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#ReadABookDay - Our Favourite Books About Bereavement

Books can be a great way to help children and young people understand their feelings after a loved one has died. As today is #ReadABookDay, we thought we would take this opportunity to share some of our favourite books about bereavement. The Magical Wood - Mark Lemon 'The Magical Wood is a story about loss, friendship and hope'. We love this b...
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Back to School

​ Going back to school after the summer holidays can be daunting and evoke feelings of anxiety for some children, particularly when they have experienced a bereavement. After having 6 or more weeks off for the summer holidays, settling back into the school routine can be a challenge. Having had time to relax, see friends or even go on holiday, goin...
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How Myself and Others Find Nature a Comfort by Emma Pritchard

During my own grief and difficult life transitions, I have submerged myself within nature as a source of comfort, healing, relaxation and hope. These moments in nature have reminded me of the light, love and life that surround me when my grief has felt dark and heavy, by simply noticing the small wonders; the purple heather carpet over heath land, ...
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#NationalRelaxationDay - Taking Time to Look After Yourself

'If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete' – Jack Kornfield It is often difficult to find the time to look after ourselves, especially when we are busy caring for others around us. For some, it may feel selfish to spend an hour doing something completely for us when friends and family are needing our support.  Spending al...
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#InternationalDayOfFriendship – How Do I Support My Grieving Friend?

'They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel' – Carl W. Beuchner What makes a good friend? Chances are, it will differ for every person reading this post. As with any relationship, friendships are often subject to the demands of daily life and are rapidly changing. If you add in a bereavement, this can add furth...
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Father's Day

As Father's Day fast approaches, for those children who have experienced the death of a father this day takes on an entirely different meaning. Father's Day can be an incredibly difficult time for bereaved children but it also can be a day when they can 'celebrate' the relationship they had with their Dad and share lots of positive memories togethe...
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REMEMBERING DAD THIS FATHER’S DAY - June 2018

At a time when children and families are preparing to celebrate with their Dads this Sunday – for those children who have experienced the death of a father this day takes on an entirely different meaning. Father's Day can be an incredibly difficult time for bereaved children but it also can be a day when they can 'celebrate' the relationship they h...
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