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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. (more…)Read leaflet online | Download leaflet (PDF)
Candle: 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.
This leaflet has been written to help you think about your children and the funeral, why they should have the chance to go, and how to answer some of their questions.Read leaflet online | Download leaflet (PDF)
Candle: Children, Young People and Loss
St Christopher’s has been providing bereavement counselling to patients’ families for over 50 years. St Christopher’s Candle Child Bereavement Service extends this support to all children, young people and their families in the south east London area, covering the boroughs of Croydon, Bromley, Lewisham, Southwark and Lambeth. Any parent, carer, teacher or healthcare professional can make a referral to the Candle Child Bereavement Service. Young people aged over 16 can refer themselves.
We also offer a specialist training, advice and consultancy service to schools and other agencies working with children facing bereavement.Read leaflet online | Download leaflet (PDF)
Candle: How to help your bereaved child
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. (more…)Read leaflet online | Download leaflet (PDF)
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. (more…)Read leaflet online | Download leaflet (PDF)
Frequently asked questions about ‘next of kin’ and power of attorney
Help during your bereavement
Is it normal to feel this way?
When someone who is important to us dies it can feel unbearable, as though our whole world has changed. As unique individuals, our response to loss is also likely to be unique, and can be affected by the relationship we had with the person who died. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. (more…)Read leaflet online | Download leaflet (PDF)
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. (more…)Read leaflet online | Download leaflet (PDF)