“Thank you Jigsaw for such a sensitively delivered, informative session on preparing for loss. Open and honest dialogue with our children is so valuable.” Hannah A
A generous grant of £3000 from the Gatwick Airport Community Trust, is enabling our bereavement charity to run a series of virtual Information Evenings. These sessions, delivered via Zoom, aim to help parents and carers support children and young people who are bereaved or are facing the death of a loved one.
Twenty-two people signed up for the first evening on Preparing for Loss. The discussion focussed on age appropriate ways of talking to children, using the right words. Our experts explored the different physical and emotional responses children and young people may experience, covered the support available in schools, and shared ideas about how to make memories, whilst looking at the family advice available. There was a Q&A session at the end.
Jennifer Hattan is Jigsaw (South East)’s Service Manager. She said: “As a small charity, this grant from GACT is invaluable. We had to quickly adapt how we connected with our families, and these virtual information evenings enable us to continue to support everyone who needs us, during this challenging time and beyond.
“At present we are still delivering all of our services remotely, but hope to resume some face-to face sessions, within permitted guidelines, in the near future,” she added.
The next virtual information evening is about supporting bereaved children and young people. This is on Wednesday 5th August from 1930-2030. Register HERE.
Jigsaw (South East)’s service is free. If you or someone you know needs support please call our HELPLINE on 01342 313 895.