Supporting a bereaved child

Professionals are often concerned about getting things right when they are supporting a bereaved child, wanting to prevent any further damage. Taking time to listen and show that you care will help.

What Professionals can do

- Provide information for parents about how the person died
- Provide information for parents on how children grieve
- Give ideas which may help parents to talk to their children e.g. Books
- Be prepared to give time to both children and parents
- Encourage the parents to involve the child in the funeral
- Help the child to express feelings, books, games etc
- Suggest making memory boxes and memory books
- Give them information about Mosaic where they can meet others in a similar situation
- Learn about Mosaic's grief counselling for young people
- Take part in Mosaic's childhood bereavement training for professionals

Encourage parents to

- Be honest with their children and talk to them using words that they understand
- Avoid using euphemisms e.g. "we have lost daddy" can be confusing for very young children
- Remember that children need a little information at a time
- Encourage children and young people to ask questions
- Answer their child's questions simply and honestly
- Involve children and young people in decisions i.e. funeral arrangements
- Don't be afraid to ask for help
- Talk to the school

Mosaic provides:

- A full range of bereavement training days for professionals
- Tailor-made childhood bereavement training for professionals and groups who work with children
- Support for bereaved children in Dorset and grief counselling for young people.

We do not have a waiting list and families are usually contacted within a week of Mosaic receiving the referral.
Please phone Mosaic if you need any further advice on childhood bereavement or information on training.

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