"Today, the very shape, size, and configuration of children and adults that reside in families are as varied as one's imagination. The modern family stands in sharp contrast to the 1950's idealised image of the" traditional family". While some may regret the transformation, the truth is that families have always been in flux, changing and adapting to society's needs and circumstances..."
Children can be the ultimate gift of family. They are born innocent, vulnerable, and capable of unbelievable love. They are the future of humankind.
Wisdom suggests that society must pay attention to the emotional well being of its children. If we do not make children and young adults our highest priority then society will reap the harvest of its own neglect. More than ever the daily pressures on mothers, fathers, extended family and caregivers require that the wider community offers support and services to strengthen the family unit especially during times of crisis and significant loss...."
The above excerpts come from "Children and Loss" - a general guide to understanding and supporting children who experience a significant loss. To read the full document please click here.
Recommended books and resources
We acknowledge that it is often very, very difficult to talk with children and young people following death and bereavement and loss. Thankfully, there are now many wonderful books which have been found to be of assistance to children and young people and to parents, carers and professionals. Please click here to access a list of really useful books.
The Irish Hospice Foundation has produced leaflets which provide information on different aspects of bereavement and are available to download from their website here.
The Barnardos website also has a range of useful leaflets on bereavement and separation: