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Bereaved Children’s Awareness Week [15/11/17]

All play a part in supporting children

This week is Bereaved Children’s Awareness Week. It is organized by the Irish Childhood Bereavement Network. ‘Children Grieve Too’ is the key message for Bereaved Children’s Awareness Week. ‘We all have a part to play in supporting children through the journey of grief,’ Brid Carroll, Chair.

Many children in Ireland have lost a loved one. Children may try to protect parents from their pain and upset, which can leave their grief unrecognised. Please support them through the journey of grief.

A campaign has been running on Twitter.  #HarryPotter lost his parents when he just was a baby. He couldn’t remember them, but he longed to see them more than anything.  Sometimes people we love die – it doesn’t seem fair, it doesn’t seem right, but it happens. Harry Potter lost many people that he loved.

For 40 years I had pent-up anger about not being allowed to say goodbye to my father before he died when I was 10 years old … there is a huge toll of unresolved grief in adults bereaved as a child,” said Sir Al Aynsley Green, who was scheduled to speak at Beaumont Hospital this week .

Death can be frightening for children who may not have the information to help them understand what is happening. Find more information on support and resources here

Unlike adults, children dip in and out of grief which is often termed ‘puddle grief’ – we’re supporting Bereaved Children’s Awareness Week. More info is available here: people who have experienced loss see the world in a way that is different than those who have not. The aim of the week is to encourage children to talk about their grief and be honest in their responses.






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