Bereavement support for children
We are at the heart of our communities and have a responsibility to offer support to them and their families in their time of need.
We've teamed up with Child Bereavement, Trauma and Emotional Wellbeing Service (CHUMS) to provide local schools, medical professionals, community groups and bereaved families with access to a series of short animated films aimed at helping bereaved children aged 7- 16 cope with the loss of a loved one and provide additional resource to relatives, teachers and other organisations who all play a role in supporting a child through their loss.
The four animated films including ‘Our Year Since Dad Died’ and ‘Our Year Since Grandma Died’ look at issues young people face when losing a parent or grandparent and focus on difficult dates such as Mother's Day, Father's Day and a family member's birthday providing practical guidelines on how to overcome these hurdles.
Bereavement is a difficult subject for many and the reality is that in the UK a parent of a dependent child will die every 22 minutes, leaving 41,000 children without a parent each year. In addition to this, currently in the UK 309,000 children aged between 5 and 16 years old have been bereaved of a parent or sibling*. For many children the loss of a Grandparent is their first experience of bereavement.
We're the only organisation in the UK to make the animated films available free of charge to local schools, churches and community groups.
*Research was conducted by the Child Bereavement Network in October 2014
You can view a preview of each of the videos below. If you are interested in obtaining a copy of any of the DVDs please contact your local Co-operative Funeralcare Funeral Home.
Amy and Tom
The launch follows on from the success of the Amy and Tom books, which are a tool for bereaved primary school children and distributed free to family liaison officers, schools, bereaved families and medical professionals across the country.