Bereavement Counselling for Children Bournemouth

Death is especially hard for children to understand and when a child loses a loved one it can be hard for the adults around them to know how to explain what has happened. Bereavement counselling for children can help young people find ways to understand and cope with their feelings and find ways to adapt to life without a parent or loved one. Continue reading to learn more about bereavement counselling for children and get information on local companies and providers that will help you in your search.

Bournemouth & Poole Advocacy Service
01202518989
73 Talbot Avenue
Bournemouth
Community Mental Health Team
01202584440
Bournemouth West CMHT Hahneman, Hahnemann Road
Bournemouth
Bournemouth Adult Mental Health Psychology Team
01202304634
18 Tower Road
Bournemouth
Dr Baker Partnership
01202 761766
10 Elgin Road
Bournemouth
Sarah-Jayne Wakefield
01202 516 461
18, Leamington Road
Bournemouth
Community Mental Health Team
01202458751
Wallisdown Heights, 121 Canford Avenue
Bournemouth
Community Mental Health Services
01202443102
11 Shelley Road
Bournemouth
Child & Family Mental Health Services
01202646300
Shelley Clinic, 11 Shelley Road
Bournemouth
East Bournemouth Mental Health Team
01202390557
Kings Park Unit, Gloucester Road
Bournemouth
Awaken the Change
01202 248468
16, Leybourne Avenue
Bournemouth

Helping Bereaved Children

Supporting a Bereaved Child

Helping Bereaved Children | Coping with the Death of a Parent Children need special attention and support when they are bereaved. For a child the loss of a parent or sibling can be completely overwhelming.

The loss of your wife, husband or partner is devastating and is recognised as the most stressful life event. It can be additionally harrowing if you are struggling with your own emotions and you also need to support your child in dealing with their emotions when their world has turned upside down.

How do you begin to deal with the situation?
  • The age of your child will have an effect on how they respond to the death and their level of understanding.

  • It is important that you explain as honestly as you can what has happened but you will need to tailor this to your child’s level of understanding. The aim is not to scare children but to give them information. Children have very active imaginations and see and hear more than we give them credit for. They need you to explain what has really happened and to put it into context in their world.

  • Don’t forget children grieve too. Ask them what they need and want and how they feel. They may want to come to the funeral; they may have their own special way of saying goodbye or remembering.

  • Don’t expect children to react the way you would. Children don’t have the same emotional spectrum or coping skills that adults do and they may exhibit some very extreme behaviour – if you are concerned discuss it with your GP but expect ongoing changes which you will have to support them through.

  • If you are struggling to cope then get help, from both friends and family and from a wider support network of healthcare professionals.

  • Explain to those around you that your child has experienced a death; this may include close friends.

  • It is important to inform playgroups or school to ensure that allowances are made and that any emotional distress or unusual behaviour can be picked up and support offered.

You can find extra help and support here:

BBC - Helping Bereaved Children

Childhood Bereavement Network

Winston’s Wish

Cruse Bereavement's Youth Project

Child Bereavement Trust

The Compassionate Friends

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