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Bereavement support and how to make effective and reliable links

Bereavement support for young people and children, and how to make effective and reliable links.
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Some children will have had loved ones die as a result of an incident, or grief from other bereavements, may be affected as normal rituals and support networks are interrupted due to the emergency or crisis.

The Childhood Bereavement Network has information and links to national and local organisations that could support the child or young person. You could also share this with the parent or care giver. If the parent or carer needs support for themselves, then organisations like Cruse or Sudden can help and Ataloss links to other bereavement support organisations.

• Recognise that for Black Asian Minority Ethnic and faith or belief communities, some rituals may not be possible during an emergency situation which can be distressing. It may be helpful to connect them / the family with religious leaders who can provide support

  1. Check the information is accurate and up to date before you pass it on.
  2. If possible check that support will be available from the sources.
  3. Think about whether the person/ family needs any help in making contact
  4. Find out if they are using any other sources of information and if it is reputable.
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