I am sitting here weeping over the video which I would like to share with you today to help raise awareness of the Winston’s Wish charity’s latest campaign #Help2makeSense for bereaved children and teenagers.
Every day, more than 100 children are bereaved of a parent in the UK. The death of a loved one is the most fundamental loss a child will ever face. Each year, Winston’s Wish supports over 40,000 bereaved children and young people through an array of dedicated services
Bereavement can have a lasting effect on the child’s emotional well-being and lead to a variety of short and long term problems. The right support at the right time can enable bereaved young people to live with their grief and build positive futures.
I lost my dad 3 years ago to cancer, so I was not a teenager, but dealing with his loss was super hard. I cannot imagine what it must be for children and teenagers to lose a parent, probably the hardest thing in the life that can happen to anyone.
The launch of #Help2MakeSense sees a video campaign, new young person’s website and social media campaign aimed at making bereavement advice, support and information more accessible for young people.
The launch marks the end of Children’s Grief Awareness Week, 17 -23 November, which aims to raise awareness of grieving children in the community. The new young person’s website, www.help2makesense.org.uk, sees a refreshed approach to providing information and access to support for young people and teenagers.
The campaign is supported by a new video, highlighting the confusion and difficulty young people face in coming to terms with their grief. It tells the story of Nicole, who faces confusing situations following the death of her father.
This is a typical situation for a young person to find themselves in after a significant loss and it can be hard for them to make sense of their grief.
Winston’s Wish aims to raise awareness of this issue through the campaign and to encourage young people to access support following bereavement.
Over 41,000 children are bereaved of a parent every year in the UK. The transition from childhood to adulthood can be a challenging process at the best of times.
Studies show that if childhood grief is not dealt with appropriately it can have a deep and lasting effect on a child’s emotional well-being and potentially cause problems later in life.
The Winston’s Wish Helpline can be called on 08088 020 021 and is open Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm. Calls are free and confidential.
Winston’s Wish relies entirely on voluntary donations and need to raise over £2.5 million each year so they can continue to help as many of these children as possible.