One thing I'd like you to know...
One of the things that young people tell us is that being bereaved can make them feel very isolated and very different from those around them. ‘I thought I was the only one and people treated me as if I’d suddenly become infectious’. Those who, through one of the services provided by child bereavement organisations, have the opportunity to meet other young people who have been bereaved say that they find the experience makes a big difference in reducing the sense of being alone and enabling them to realise that grieving is the natural response to such a huge loss.
Young people also tell us that they feel encouraged when they hear stories of people who were bereaved as children or in adolescence and have gone on to have positive, although changed, futures.
We will soon be bringing you the stories of:
whose mum died of cancer when she was 10
STEFFI, ALIX & SASKIA
whose dad died of asthma when they were young
whose sister died in a car accident when she was 13
whose mum died of cancer when she was 4
whose mum died of cancer when he was 16
whose dad died of cancer when she was 14
whose dad died of MND when she was 16
whose dad died of cancer when she was 8
AND MANY MORE...
With big thanks to the generosity of our contributors. And if you know anyone who would like to contribute to this project (which we will keep adding to), please let us know.