The 19th – 25th of November is Children’s Grief Awareness Week UK. It was founded by leading childhood bereavement charity Grief Encounter, and it is now in its sixth year.
The week seeks to raise awareness of bereaved children and young people in the UK, and how providing free, professional support can make the world of difference to their future.
Now more than ever, children are becoming aware of loss, and in some sad cases they may also experience loss first hand due to Covid-19.
Here are some national resources and local charities in Oxfordshire that are available to support young people you know who may be grieving.
Children’s Grief Awareness Week
The official website for Children’s Grief Awareness week has further guidance and resources for those wanting to find out more.
SeeSaw provide grief support for children, young people and their families in Oxfordshire. They offer telephone support, home visits, individual and family support, specialist services and information and training for schools. See their website for more information.
Oxfordshire Mind has a Children and Young People’s Service that can provide mental health and wellbeing support to children and young people of all ages. See their website for more information.
Cruse offer bereavement support to young people aged 18+ over the phone, in person and in groups. There is no limit to how many sessions a person can attend. See their website for more information.
Child Bereavement UK
A national charity that has a webchat, helpline and resources for young people and those who support them including parents, carers and professionals. See their website for more information.
YoungMinds is a national charity that supports the wellbeing of young people through informational and guidance from anything from looking after themselves to information on mental heath and how to get urgent help. See their website for more information.