Nurturing Hearts: Supporting Children and Young People Through Grief

Grief is a natural response to loss, but for children and young people, navigating this emotional terrain can be particularly challenging. Whether they’re experiencing the loss of a loved one, a pet, or a significant change in their lives, understanding and supporting them through grief is crucial for their emotional well-being. In this blog post, we’ll explore effective ways to support children and young people as they cope with grief, helping them navigate their feelings and find comfort in difficult times.

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Helping children deal with grief

In my previous role as a head teacher for 13 successful years at a school for children aged 11-16 with social and emotional issues I know far too well that over the last couple of years, the mental health of children has been underestimated. The Covid-19 pandemic caused the world to become even more augmented through the medium of social media & TV at a time of significant levels of social disconnection and emotional misperception.

Grief is the acute pain that accompanies loss.

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Interment of Ashes

Interment of ashes refers to the process where ashes are placed in a permanent resting place in the ground. These range from dedicated family plots and cemeteries to home gardens and woodland spaces.

Much like a celebrant led funeral or memorial service, there’s no right or wrong way. You may hold a formal service led by a celebrant with friends and family, or just a quiet small informal get-together. This service doesn’t normally take place at the same time as the funeral, and it’s sometimes appropriate to have a separate interment ceremony months or years later. It’s the family’s personal choice.

An interment of ashes ceremony is a beautiful ceremony and can provide families and friends with the opportunity to say final goodbyes and condolences to their loved ones. It’s also somewhere the family can visit

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HONOURING YOU FAMILY PET’S MEMORY

Coping with the sudden loss of a pet can be an emotionally trying time for most pet owners and can be devastating for the whole family, especially when they have been a source of unconditional friendship and love. For many of us, pets are a beloved extension of our family and we have a unique bond with them. For children, the breaking of this beautiful bond can cause high anxiety because it may be the first time that they experience the loss of a close family member or friend. 

When your much-loved pet passes away unexpectedly, a part of us goes with them. We mourn their loss as that of any other cherished member of our families.

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Coping with the loss of a family pet

If you have experienced the loss of a family pet, you understand that the beautiful bond between animals and humans can be enormously strong. That’s why the grief you may experience with the loss of a family pet can be just as intense as what you feel when you lose a human member of your…

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