CBUK Vision
• Child Bereavement UK believes all families
should have the support they need to rebuild
their lives when a c...
The Education (Scotland) Act 2004
as amended in 2009
• Recognises bereavement as an additional
support need and as such a ...
On average 12,000 children die in the UK every
year
Death is a fact of life...
...and grief is a natural process.
But many people, adults and children, need more
support and ...
The Education (Scotland) Act 2004
as amended in 2009
• Recognises bereavement as an additional
support need and as such a ...
Getting bereavement support right
• GIRFEC is all about partnerships in culture, systems and
practice
• Reactive to proact...
Personal, professional &
interprofessional
• How much are we
aware of our own
internal relationships
with loss and how thi...
Definitions
• Loss – the experience of grief when something
we are attached to is lost
• Bereavement – the experience of g...
Grief – psychological adjustment to loss
Shock
Disbelief
Denial
Anger
Blame
Guilt
Deep Despair
Beginning to adjust
Living ...
Grief At the time Now Best Hope
Shock
Disbelief
Denial
Anger
Self blame
Blame others
Guilt
Sadness
Scale for grief
0 1 2 3...
Tasks of Mourning
• To accept the reality of the loss
• To process the pain of grief
• To adjust to a world without the de...
Factors affecting
the grieving process
‘Recovery’
environment
Relationship with
person who died
Circumstances
of death/dyi...
Everyday Life
Experience
Loss-oriented
Grief work
Intrusion of grief
Breaking
bonds/ties
Denial/avoidance
of restoration
c...
What Good Provision for Bereaved Children Looks Like
Outreach/specialist
support for those
who are vulnerable or traumatis...
What can we do to help?
• Understanding, love and sensitivity
• To be involved
• Honesty
• Information
• Opportunity to ex...
Some Guiding Principles
• Young people need, want and deserve
honesty, truth and choices.
• You can not “fix it” but can b...
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UK Child bereavement - presentation for Scottish Transitions Forum 2014

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Gabrielle discussed the need to be aware of bereavement within and around transition services for children and young people and to support young people who may be experiencing this.

Gabrielle discussed the vision of the UK Child Bereavement “Child Bereavement UK believes all families should have the support they need to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. Our mission is to ensure the accessibility of high quality child bereavement support and information to all families an professionals, by increasing our reach, plugging the gaps that exist in bereavement support and training, and embedding standards in the sector.”

Gabrielle went on to discuss some of the theory behind the process of bereavement and what professionals might need to be aware of in this process. Gabrielle left us with some key messages, which were:

• Understanding, love and sensitivity
• To be involved
• Honesty
• Information
• Opportunity to express feelings
• To revisit their grief as they become older

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UK Child bereavement - presentation for Scottish Transitions Forum 2014

  1. 1. CBUK Vision • Child Bereavement UK believes all families should have the support they need to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. Our mission is to ensure the accessibility of high quality child bereavement support and information to all families and professionals, by increasing our reach, plugging the gaps that exist in bereavement support and training, and embedding standards in the sector.
  2. 2. The Education (Scotland) Act 2004 as amended in 2009 • Recognises bereavement as an additional support need and as such a potential barrier to learning • Bereavement can be addressed within the legal framework of additional support for learning • Let’s be creative with what “additional support” looks like
  3. 3. On average 12,000 children die in the UK every year
  4. 4. Death is a fact of life... ...and grief is a natural process. But many people, adults and children, need more support and understanding in their grieving than they receive. The consequences of unresolved grief can be dire. A 2011 report in the BMJ even suggests bereaved parents may die younger. www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/9242248.Grieving_parents_may_die_younger__new_study_shows/
  5. 5. The Education (Scotland) Act 2004 as amended in 2009 • Recognises bereavement as an additional support need and as such a potential barrier to learning • Bereavement can be addressed within the legal framework of additional support for learning • Let’s be creative with what “additional support” looks like
  6. 6. Getting bereavement support right • GIRFEC is all about partnerships in culture, systems and practice • Reactive to proactive • Bereavement support should be on service improvement plans • Team agendas • Community Health Partnerships • Community Planning Partnerships • Integrated Children’s Service Plans • Continuing Professional Development
  7. 7. Personal, professional & interprofessional • How much are we aware of our own internal relationships with loss and how this impacts upon external relationships personally, professionally and interprofessionally? Child concern Internal unaware Internal aware Personal Professional Presentatio n Other professional Other Professional
  8. 8. Definitions • Loss – the experience of grief when something we are attached to is lost • Bereavement – the experience of grief when someone we are attached to dies • Trauma – an experience which was extremely frightening or shocking
  9. 9. Grief – psychological adjustment to loss Shock Disbelief Denial Anger Blame Guilt Deep Despair Beginning to adjust Living with loss/acceptance
  10. 10. Grief At the time Now Best Hope Shock Disbelief Denial Anger Self blame Blame others Guilt Sadness Scale for grief 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11. 11. Tasks of Mourning • To accept the reality of the loss • To process the pain of grief • To adjust to a world without the deceased • To find an enduring connection with the deceased in the midst of embarking on a new life J William Worden (2009) 4th Edition, Springer New York J William Worden
  12. 12. Factors affecting the grieving process ‘Recovery’ environment Relationship with person who died Circumstances of death/dying The individual, personality, background
  13. 13. Everyday Life Experience Loss-oriented Grief work Intrusion of grief Breaking bonds/ties Denial/avoidance of restoration changes Restoration- oriented Attending to life changes Doing new things Distraction from grief Denial/avoidance of grief New roles/identity/ relationship A Dual Process Model of Coping with Bereavement Stroebe & Schut (1999) Death Studies 23(3):197-224
  14. 14. What Good Provision for Bereaved Children Looks Like Outreach/specialist support for those who are vulnerable or traumatised 1:1 support and Groups for children And young people Support for parents/carers to help their children An easy to access assessment process to agree who and what could help a particular family Information about how children grieve, what can help and what services there are
  15. 15. What can we do to help? • Understanding, love and sensitivity • To be involved • Honesty • Information • Opportunity to express feelings • To revisit their grief as they become older
  16. 16. Some Guiding Principles • Young people need, want and deserve honesty, truth and choices. • You can not “fix it” but can be a caring supporting adult willing to bear witness • Grief is a normal, healthy, response to loss
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