Jigsaw (South East) supports bereaved children, young people and their families and also those affected by a family member having a terminal diagnosis throughout Surrey, Sussex and surrounding areas.

The death or serious illness of a family member can be devastating and bring many challenges into the life of a young person.

Children need to be given age appropriate information and support so that they can understand what is happening within their family. Parents may need reassurance and support during such a difficult time.

It is important that children are allowed to grieve in their own way and in their own time. They will have different responses to death and dying depending on their age and experience.

The impact of bereavement can be devastating and have a major impact on children’s home life, school and friendships. It may also affect their health, behaviour and ability to cope in school.

Schools are extremely important in helping children to cope with bereavement. Often it is helpful for school to have a designated person for the child to talk to whenever they need to. Younger children may want their class informed, older children often want as few people as possible to know. Asking children how they want the information shared and with whom is crucial.

“Jigsaw was a life-saver for us  – it equipped us with the tools we needed to cope with our grief and taught us how to communicate again.”

Mother with a seven-year-old son

“Extremely positive feedback from colleagues about your services.”

Surrey CAMHS

“Jigsaw helped me a great deal after my sister died. I am very grateful for all their help, support and time. My life would have been very different without them.”

12 years old

“Jigsaw has helped me learn it’s ok to be sad sometimes.”

Age 11

“Thank you to you and your team for all your support over the last few months, it has been invaluable”

Oxted School

“The families I referred to Jigsaw tell me they just cannot praise it enough and that it has been so helpful and supportive.”

Lynette Mallinson
HSLW for the Dorking Schools’ Partnership

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