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Most people will experience bereavement at some time in their life. Everyone reacts to their loss in their own unique way Grief can be very painful and may give rise to feelings and thoughts that you don’t expect. You may find the information in this leaflet helpful. ...read full leaflet

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Candle: Children and Funerals

Children and Funerals Parents and carers want to do the best for their children, and it is very hard to know what is best for them when a death has happened.You are trying to come to terms with what has happened, cope with painful and difficult feelings, and there are so many decisions and choices to be made. ...read full leaflet

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Candle: Children, Young People and Loss

The effects of bereavement All of us face an enormous challenge when someone close to us dies or is very ill. At such times it can feel very hard to know how best to help children and young people affected by the loss. ...read full leaflet

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Candle: How to help your bereaved child

How to help your bereaved child You may be bereaved yourself, and may be finding it hard to keep your child’s needs in mind with all that is happening.The following points are a guide to help you focus on what is going on for them. ...read full leaflet

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Candle: Someone close has died

How to help a bereaved young person – a guide for adults Every year many young people experience the death of someone they are close to. Some of these deaths will be sudden and some will be after a long illness, but all losses can be difficult for teenagers. This leaflet is designed to help you understand some of the aspects of a death that are hard for young people and to give some ideas about how you can offer support. ...read full leaflet

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Candle: Someone has died suddenly

Helping your child Everyone is very shocked when someone dies suddenly. There has been no time to prepare and often no warning that the person was going to die. Shock affects adults and children physically and emotionally, and some of the effects you may notice are feeling dizzy or sick, shaky, shivery, hot and cold. After a shock we often feel very unsafe for a while, and need to take things quietly. This leaflet mentions some of the things you and your child may be feeling. ...read full leaflet

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Frequently asked questions about ‘next of kin’ and power of attorney

When you are referred to our services, one of the questions we will ask you is about your ‘next of kin’. This is a term that most people have come across without knowing exactly what it means. This leaflet aims to explain it. ...read full leaflet

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Help during your bereavement

When someone dies who is important to us, it can leave an empty space in our lives and it is natural to experience strong feelings. Perhaps you feel sad that they are no longer with you, bad that you could not do enough, guilt about your relief that they no longer have to suffer illness or frailty, anxious about how your life will be changed. There may also be practical problems for you and other people who share your loss, such as children or family members. ...read full leaflet

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Preparing for a funeral

A funeral is a significant event. It may not be easy to think about, whether your own or that of a relative; for example how best to commemorate a life, what to include or leave out. However, planning a funeral can be helpful for those who are approaching the end of life and is one way of ensuring that their wishes are respected. ...read full leaflet

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Social work and welfare for the St Christopher’s Group

The social workers and welfare officers employed by the St Christopher’s Group provide expert support and advice to St Christopher’s and Harris HospisCare patients and their families. They can visit you at home, see you in the Anniversary Centre and the Caritas Centre or meet you somewhere else if you prefer. ...read full leaflet

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