One child in every UK classroom under the age of 16 has been bereaved of a parent of sibling. In Pembrokeshire, it is estimated that 520 school aged children are bereaved of a parent or sibling.
The 19th November 2020 is Children’s Grief Awareness Day, a day designed to help us all become more aware of the needs of grieving children — and of the benefits they obtain through the support of others. Children’s Grief Awareness Day is an opportunity to make sure that grieving children receive the support they need.
It marks the start of Children’s Grief Awareness Week 2020, now in its sixth year and founded by leading childhood bereavement charity Grief Encounter. It is designed to raise awareness of bereaved children and young people in the UK, and how providing those affected with free, professional support can make the world of difference to their future.
Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity will show our solidarity with grieving children, young people and their families in our community; raising awareness of their needs and how to help.
We are spending the week highlighting the importance of recognising the importance of listening to children and young people during bereavement, sharing resources around challenging conversations and how to plan for your children in the event of your death.
Join us on social media this week to learn how you can keep talking to ensure that the child’s voice is clearly heard and understood.