Next week, November 13 to November 17 is Bereaved Children’s Awareness Week – part of a month-long campaign dedicated to raising awareness for grieving children.
The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network website notes: “Most children can manage and learn to live with their grief with the appropriate support from their family and key adults in their lives. However, this is based on the premise that the adults surrounding the child have accurate and up-to-date information on the impact of childhood bereavement. Sometimes families may not be able to provide this support and they will need input from outside the family.”
The theme of 2023Bereaved Children’s Awareness Week is ‘Children grieve too. So, what can you do?’.
We know that all adults can help by understanding and seeing the needs of bereaved children. So this year, we are asking you to take one minute to watch the video below and learn how you can help to build a compassionate community where bereaved children are supported to express grief.
Dates For Your Diary – Online Events:
- Bereavement Networks Lunch & Learn: Showcasing Supports for Bereaved Families, Thursday, November 9th, 12:30pm – 1:45pm
- An Intercultural Conversation About What We Learn To Do With Grief – Hosted by Barnardos Children’s Bereavement Services, Tuesday, November 14th 3:30pm – 4:30pm
- Supporting Bereaved Children: An Open Evening for Parent & Carers, Tuesday, Tuesday November 21st, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
- Teachers Supporting Bereaved Children, Tuesday November 28th, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
The campaign coordinators – the Irish Childhood Bereavement Network, Túsla and the Irish Hospice Foundation – are inviting everyone to get involved. This can be done by hosting a stand/display in , havingyour worksplace; viewing one of the webinars with your colleagues or getting involved online and sharing resources.
If you are doing something for the campaign, please let the campaign organisers know. They would be happy to support in any way possible.