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Losing a Loved One

Loss and grief are difficult to navigate at any time. Due to the ongoing pandemic and while COVID-19 is still among us, Butterwick Hospice Care is acutely aware that for those bereaved during this time, your grief will be affected by your own particular set of circumstances around social distancing, and what contact you have with your family and friends, or other support.

Once you have dealt with all of the practical issues involved with losing your loved one, this is the time when many are often left alone to manage the feelings and emotions that loss inevitably brings. If you need some additional support from us we are here to help.

Helping A Child

It is important to talk honestly to children about death. Ensure the information you give children is age appropriate and keep the language simple.

Allow a child to grieve in their own way. Offer love and reassurance, and keep routines as near to normal as possible. A child will show their grief through their behaviour. Some children may revert to acting a younger age. They may become clingy and not want to be separated from you and sleep patterns can become disturbed. All of this is normal and children need time to grieve just like adults. If things don’t settle after a while, you may wish to seek advice from someone to help allay any concerns.

Here to Help

Our team of specialist qualified counsellors can help you and your family work through your experience of grief. We can support you through your loss, and offer you a space to talk or think about everything which happened. We offer a range of different options for adults and children who might benefit from that extra bit of support. We offer all of our services free of charge. For more information, please contact 01642 607742 and ask for Family Support.

Other Forms of Support

Cruse Bereavement Care provides free support, advice and information for adults, children and young people. National Freephone Helpline: 0808 808 1677. GriefChat is a safe online space where people can share their story, explore their feelings and be supported by a qualified bereavement counsellor.

www.griefchat.co.uk Child Bereavement Network provides a choice of high quality local and national information, guidance and support to children and their caregivers to manage the impact of death on their lives.

www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk Goodgrief run by the bereaved, aims to help everyone in the UK affected by grief.

National Bereavement Partnership Helpline: 0800 448 0800 Sometimes it may be that you need additional help to cope with your loss or you feel someone close to you may benefit from some support.

Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, has helped us produce this document. Thank you to the Government for making this possible.



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