One in 29 school age children in the UK have been bereaved of a parent or sibling and 44,000 children are bereaved of a parent annually. Jigsaw (South East) has worked with hundreds of children and young people to support them during the most difficult time in their lives.
It is Children’s Grief Awareness Week from the 15th – 21st November 2019 and the theme is #LostforWords. It is about how people can help grieving children and their families – even if they think they don’t know what to say. It is about opening up conversations and giving bereaved children and young people the language and tools to talk about their experiences. The week is a chance for organisations, agencies and communities to come together to show support for bereaved children and young people and their families; raising awareness of their needs and how to help.
Jigsaw (South East) offers bereavement support services, across Surrey and parts of West Sussex. Their Grief Project, delivers a six-week support group for families. The Preparing for Loss Project provides one-to-one support for children and young people, when a loved one is terminally ill, at the time of the bereavement and in the days and months following the death.
Hannah Romaine is one of Jigsaw (South East)’s Young Ambassadors. Her father Stephen died when she was nine. Hannah now volunteers with the charity that helped her 10 years ago. This summer at our annual Barbecue, she spoke with some of the children who are presently being supported by Jigsaw (South East). Hear what they had to say:
Jigsaw (South East) receives no government funding and relies upon donations to help fund the work we do to support young people who have lost someone close to them. We are very grateful for all donations, whatever the amount.
From December 3rd at midday until December 10th at midday the Big Christmas Give is launching. Every donation to Jigsaw (South East) will be doubled. Please think about giving to us during this period. We will be publishing details of how you can support us shortly. Do donate what you can. We appreciate every penny.
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