There is no set way to tell a child something as difficult as the fact that someone they know has died, but our team offers some guidance on finding the right words to explain to a child in an age-appropriate way.
Bereavement support for military families
We provide support for bereaved children, young people and their families with a military connection.
When a child or young person is bereaved in a family with a military connection, they may need additional support above and beyond their family, friends and military networks. Whether that death occurred while on active service or as a result of an accident, illness, suicide or murder while home on leave, it is devastating for a child or young person. Below is some information and guidance on how to support and talk to children about a death and coping with grief and what support Winston’s Wish can offer bereaved military families.
How to get bereavement support
Thanks to funding from Help For Heroes, Winston’s Wish has supported many military families after a death. Our experienced Helpline team can offer advice, guidance and support to bereaved military families. Contact us by:
- Call: 08088 020 021
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Use our online chat
- Crisis Messenger text service: text WW to 85258
As well as anniversaries and birthdays, there are public days, like Remembrance Sunday, when military families might want to remember the person who has died. Here are some suggestions for activities.
Our specialist book offers practical guidance for military families after someone has died. It includes activities and resources to help parents, carers and professionals in the immediate days and weeks following a bereavement.
Advice and resources from our team
Bereavement Guidance for schools from GSCE including a template policy
The following documents have all been developed by the Educational Psychology Service:
Guidance for Primary and Secondary Schools - Coping with a sudden and upsetting event
Coping with a traumatic event - Guidance for Primary School Staff
Coping with a traumatic event - Guidance for Secondary School staff
Free, evidence-based resources to support schools, colleges and practitioners working with traumatically bereaved children and young people.
Traumatically bereaved children and young people experience significant distress and difficulties, over and above a more typical grief. Traumatic bereavement can be easily missed or misunderstood by parents, teachers and even bereavement practitioners, meaning that children’s difficulties are not recognised.
These resources will give school staff and practitioners the knowledge and tools they need to identify, help and support children and young people experiencing a traumatic bereavement.
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