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Supporting children through the loss of a loved one

Jigsaw (South East) supports children, young people and families Hearing the news that someone in the family has a life-threatening illness can come as a great shock.

Often adults struggle with the news and the uncertainty of the days ahead may seem overwhelming. They may wonder what is best for the children and how much they should know, while wanting to protect them. They may struggle with the words and ways to tell the children. They may worry that they will not be able to support the children in their grief.

But children are quick to notice when things are not right. Silence can be bewildering and frightening.

Children and young people need to be kept informed about what is going on in a way that they can understand and start to come to terms with what is happening. Children and young people with a family member who has a life-threatening illness can find themselves feeling isolated and alone at school when friends and other adults in their lives do not know, understand, or are not confident in being able to help.

What we can offer

Jigsaw (South East) funded by The National Lottery Community Fund provides a service for children and young people aged 0-19, who have a family member with a life-threatening condition.

• Initial meeting at home or at school
• Individual work with children in the family home or at school
• Sibling, family or small groups
• Social events
• Information and advice
• Signposting to other agencies and organisations
• Telephone advice and consultation
• Information, resources and support to professionals working with families and children in Surrey and parts of West Sussex.

Resources for Families and Professionals

Download information here about talking to your child to help them prepare for loss.


View information below about the support Jigsaw (South East) provides to prepare children for loss. Click on each image.


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