The outbreak of Covid-19 means that many aspects of children’s ‘normal’ routines have been abruptly and significantly changed. Many children are now spending all their time at home with their initial family, and all children not able to have direct contact with their friends and wider family.
Our lives are currently dominated by discussion about the impact the virus is having.
This will be an anxious time for many of our children – they may have worries and questions about how the virus might affect them and those close to them, especially older members of their family and those already in poor health.
Child Bereavement UK has made a short film about supporting bereaved children during the outbreak
Winston’s Wish has produced guidance on
- talking to bereaved children about coronavirus
- telling a child that someone has died from coronavirus
Cruse Bereavement Care has produced some tips about talking to children among their wider resources about grief and coronavirus.
Saying goodbye and funerals
The requirements around social distancing mean that many won’t be able to attend the funeral of a loved one during the outbreak. Below are some suggestions about other ways of saying goodbye:
- How to say goodbye when a funeral isn’t possible, from Winston’s Wish
- Guidance for families around funerals, from Nelson’s Journey
- Organising a meaningful funeral from Quaker Social Action
If you need to speak with someone directly regarding any concerns related to bereavement and supporting children, young people and their families, please email the school office or telephone: 01204 332636