Winston’s Wish, the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK, is showing its support for Children’s Grief Awareness Week 2015 – 19-25th November – by raising awareness of bereaved children’s needs.

The week kicks off with international Children’s Grief Awareness Day on 19th November and continues with a week of activities across the UK.

This year, the theme is ‘Supporting parents and carers, supporting grieving children’.

Winston’s Wish supports the message of the campaign that, while parents and carers are the first line of support for grieving children, we all have a part to play in supporting parents and carers in their vital role.

1 in 29 school age children in the UK have been bereaved of a parent or sibling – that’s around one in every classroom. It is estimated that 24,000 parents die each year leaving dependent children.

Di Stubbs, Consultant to Family Services at Winston’s Wish says:

“Children’s Grief Awareness Day is designed to help us all become more aware of the needs of grieving children, and the benefits they receive through the support of others. Crucially, it’s an opportunity to make sure children and young people who have lost a loved one do not have to grieve alone.

Here at Winston’s Wish we offer a range of practical support to children, families, professionals – in fact anyone concerned about a bereaved child. Through therapeutic help in individual, group and residential settings, the young people we work with learn to live without their loved one, while at the same time treasuring special memories.”

Parents and carers shouldn’t have to cope alone. Family, friends, colleagues, schools and the Government all have a part in play in supporting them to support bereaved children.

Each year, Winston’s Wish reach over 40,000 bereaved children and young people through an array of dedicated services. These specialist support programmes include support following death as a result of accident, illness, homicide, suicide and military service.

The Winston’s Wish Helpline, staffed by qualified clinical practitioners, provides guidance and information for anyone supporting a bereaved child – 08452 03 04 05, 9am-5pm Monday – Friday and 7pm-9.30pm on Wednesday.

The week kicks off with Children’s Grief Awareness Day on 19 November, a global day designed to help us all become more aware of the needs of grieving children — and of the benefits they obtain through the support of others.
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