Apologies to those of you who logged in and waited for the CLB training this afternoon. The wrong timings were on the flyer. There we were an hour earlier thinking nobody was joining us. Hopefully you will be able to join us at one of our sessions next term. See attached, updated flyer, with all of the right times on it, and sign up information.
In our final post of the week, we just want to thank you for reading and by doing so marking To Absent Friends Festival with us.
We want to remind you that normalising grief, children & young people come to realise that they are not the only ones. That there isn’t something ‘wrong’ with them for feeling the way they feel. That is why we can’t recommend books and stories enough.
Some other good books read loud are I miss you: a first look at death, or You’ll Find Me – Children’s book about loss and Grieving
The Wilds Poetry Comic is a beautiful resource for older young people.
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.
It is on a Jamboard, and we would love it if you wanted to add a memory or a tribute to someone who has died.
The Jamboard is relatively easy to use, just click on the link and select a ‘sticky note’ from the tool bar. You should then be able to write your message and add it to the board.
To Absent Friends Festival has its own board, which you could also contribute to. Or you might want to set up your own one to encourage others to share memories in a less public forum.
Either way, let’s keep sharing stories, enjoying photographs and remembering!
We often talk about the power of remembering. How it keeps people alive, how it is an excuse to remember, to tell stories, to celebrate and to reminisce.
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge shows how powerful remembering can be, not just when someone has died. Children and Young People benefit from books like this being available so as to normalise remembering and talking about people who have died. It gives them permission to remember, and to think of the good times. Children have told us that reading these books at home with family members has allowed them to talk about people who have died and have really special conversations with their loved ones about them.
To Absent Friends Festival takes place every year in Scotland, and is an ‘excuse to remember, to tell stories, to celebrate and to reminisce about people we love who have died’. By taking part, in some way, in the festival; it also allows us to create new memories too.
As a Change, Loss & Bereavement Group we plan to share some resources and thoughts with you over the coming days. Including our own wall of remembrance which you will be able to add to if you wish. Check out the To Absent Friends website for ideas of how to get involved, or for more information about it.
Just a quick reminder of our change, loss, bereavement training opportunities for the term ahead (and the rest of the school session). You do not need to book a place on these. Just sign in with the google meet code on the day.
For those looking for Seasons for Growth training, we have spaces on both the C&YP, and the Parent Programme next year. Scroll down to find our post about all of the training you can access relating to Seasons.
We launched http://www.clbhighland.com officially back in June of this year.
We are delighted so many of you have signed up to the blog, and that you download information we share, sign up to training and tell others about us.
Now we would really like to hear from you. Have you used our website?
What is good? What would make the site even better?
Let us know by adding to our jamboard.
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, to read more about what is happening in Highland please see this news release from The Highland Council, in partnership with the Highland Community Planning Partnership.
We are pleased to be able to share some particularly useful information prepared by the Military Liaison Group and our Promoting Positive Relationships Co-ordinator; Lou Kinnear.
As you will no doubt be aware UK troops have now left Afghanistan and are returning to their bases. Deployment is a cycle that involves the lead up to and the returning and resettling from a Deployment and can affect Children and Young People and their families in different ways. The newsletter below should provide you with helpful information and advice that can support and be considered.
The MLG partnership works with Educators and Practitioners providing information, training and resources and provides helpful advice, guidance and support to families of Armed Forces. Click Here to view the MLG website for further information.