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 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.