Help for Children dealing with grief and loss 

On average, most children will encounter 15 significant losses before they reach adulthood. The most common losses for children and teenagers include: 
 
Loss of a grandparent 
Loss of a pet 
Moving 
Divorce 
Changing schools 
Bullying 
Having a close friend move away 
Being rejected from their university of choice 
 
As a parent, teacher, or professional who works with children, you have undoubtedly experienced that sinking feeling that occurs when children ask difficult questions about death and loss, or are experiencing sad and painful feelings. You may even have memories of how you felt as a child when your feelings were not acknowledged or understood. 
 
Often we are left struggling for the right words, not least because we ourselves don't know what to do either. We may think we need to teach our children how to "look on the bright side" or we try to distract them with a gift or a treat.  
 
Children may allow themselves to be distracted for a time, but the grief does not go away. It often manifests in other areas, causing serious problems in school and at home.  
 
Here are just a few of the behaviours that can be the result of unresolved or unacknowledged grief
 
Difficulty concentrating 
Reduced participation or interest in class 
Angry outbursts, violence 
Trouble sleeping, nightmares 
Frequent absence from school 
 

The right tools for parents and teachers 

We know how difficult it can be to find the right words to comfort a child. We don't want to say the wrong thing, but we also want to connect with the child and offer our support. Finding this balance is challenging if you don't have the right tools for the job
 
Our "Helping Children with Loss" programme provides parents, teachers and anyone who works with children with the specific tools for helping a child of any age and/or ability level with a personal loss of any kind.  
 
After completion of this course, participants will have the confidence and the ability to communicate effectively with children and teenagers on the topics of grief and loss, as well as specific tools for helping a young person recover from bereavement
 
Its techniques have been adapted for children using the evidence-based Grief Recovery Method, which has been successful at helping thousands of grievers all over the world heal from the pain of personal loss for over three decades. The programme is ACEs informed and was created with the awareness that adverse childhood events can have a permanent impact on a person's wellbeing

Programme Details 

The Helping Children with Loss programme is a course for adults led by a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist in your area or in an online setting.  
 
The programme uses When Children Grieve by John W. James and Russell Friedman as its textbook and covers the myths of grief, techniques for speaking with children and teenagers about sad feelings, and action steps for dealing with personal losses.  
 
To find your nearest Grief Recovery Specialist, take a look at our map or our online directory

Feedback from Schools 

Primary School Head Teacher and Certified Grief Recovery Specialist Deb Brown talks about how the Helping Children With Loss programme differs from other programmes and the effect it has had on her school 
Head Teacher Fiona Hartley describes her results with the Helping Children with Loss programme with Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist Jill Frampton 

Take the first step towards helping the children in your care 

Find out more about the Helping with Children Loss programme, enquire about a custom solution for your school or organisation, or get assistance finding your nearest Grief Recovery Specialist by reaching out to us at schools@griefuk.net or 01234 862218
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