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Bereavement conversations to support your child

All of us will sadly face bereavements of loved ones, friends and pets which is likely to have some emotional impact on children, young people and their families.

Children are likely to have lots of questions and will be anxious in these uncertain times. They will be picking up on changes in emotions within the family and they will be hearing conversations or maybe seeing news and media which can be scary and confusing for them. It is important that you are open and honest with them about what is happening.

When talking to your children, try to use clear and simple language according to their age. Especially try to avoid language such as “gone away” or “lost” as this can be confusing; it is clearer to say someone “has died”. Express your own feelings as a way to encourage your child/children to express their own. Reassure them that you are there to support them through this.

National bereavement charities are publishing guidance on how to support and talk with your children around bereavement. Many are offering telephone and online support too.

Contact the Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service

West Essex: 0300 247 0122
South Essex: 0300 247 0013
North Essex: 0300 247 0015
Mid Essex: 0300 247 0014