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Winston's Wish

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Our Freephone National Helpline is free to call on 08088 020 021 and offers advice, guidance and support following a bereavement. Our expert team provide bereavement support for parents, carers and professionals who are looking for childhood bereavement advice and support.


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Winston's Wish

Winston's Wish were the UK’s first childhood bereavement charity – supporting bereaved children since 1992.

As the first charity to establish child bereavement support services in the UK, we continue to lead the way in providing specialist child bereavement support services across the UK, including in-depth therapeutic help in individual, group and residential settings.

Winston’s Wish was established by Julie Stokes OBE, a clinical psychologist, in 1992 to meet the needs of bereaved children and their families. The idea took root when Julie visited the US and Canada on a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship. Having been inspired by the services she saw there, Stokes returned to the UK and set up Winston’s Wish.


KS1 - 4 lessons on loss and bereavement from Winston's Wish gain our Quality Mark

We have just awarded our Quality Mark to free lessons on loss, grief and bereavement from Winston’s Wish — the childhood bereavement charity.

On average, 1 in every 29 children will be bereaved of a parent — the equivalent of one in every class — and many more children will experience the death of another family member or friend. These lesson plans provide the opportunity to take a sensitive approach to learning about bereavement in the classroom. They will support children and young people to develop the skills and understanding they need to deal with this particular life event.

Comprising two lessons for each key stage, these resources are designed to help pupils and students explore bereavement and grief in developmentally appropriate ways. They are not intended as a pastoral intervention in the event of a bereavement in the school community, as at that point the priority is for pastoral care rather than preventative education.

The lessons are not suitable for home learning, but can be used with pupils who are physically in school now, or planned into your programme to deliver face-to-face later in the year.

At key stages 1 and 2, pupils will:

  • Learn about different types of loss, change and bereavement
  • Explore some strategies for managing feelings associated with bereavement
  • Develop their awareness of how to seek support with feelings

At key stages 3 and 4, students will:

  • Learn about managing emotions associated with grief
  • Explore how to support others experiencing grief and loss
  • Develop an awareness of how loss, grief and bereavement can impact young people

The free resource packs include a teacher guidance document along with a lesson plan and PowerPoint for each lesson.

Visit Winton’s Wish to download the free materials 


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