To Absent Friends Festival – thoughts about supporting bereaved Children & Young People

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As communities around Scotland remember, tell stories, celebrate and reminisce about people they have loved and who have died, it might be that you know of a child or young person who has been bereaved. You might also be wondering how to support them. Some of the information in our Tragic Event Guidance may be helpful. There is a section with advice on how to support children and young people who have been bereaved and who are grieving.

Most bereaved young people with supportive networks such as family, friends and school will manage their grief. Having trusted adults around them can make a big difference to a bereaved young person.

Scotland recognised the importance of supporting those who are grieving when the first Bereavement Charter for Adults and Children was launched last year. This Charter provides a set of statements which describe how in Scotland we can support a person or a group of people experiencing bereavement. The Charter declared Good Bereavement Care is a human right and is underpinned by a desire to make sure that in Scotland, we can do all that we can to support people who might be experiencing difficulties following the death of someone they know or somebody in their community.