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EMOTIONAL HEALTH PROBLEMS

BEREAVEMENT – GRIEVING FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS DIED

When you are young and someone you love dies, just getting through each day can be so hard. The whole family may be grieving, all in different ways, and knowing how to approach others, and cope with your own feelings can be complicated. The links below offer information and possibilities to share your grief with people who understand. For bereavement through ‘Loss of a child’ more links can be found on our PARENT PAGE.

The Laura Centre is a Leicester based counselling charity which can provide support to anyone who has lost a child or young person and/or support children and young people living with the loss of a parent or family member.  (You may need an adult to ring this number for you if you are under the age of eighteen). TEL: 0116 254 4341 

RD4U is a website designed for young people by young people who are grieving for someone who has died. It is part of CRUSE Bereavement Care's Youth Involvement Project.

If you are 19 or under this link to CHILDLINE about grieving, helps to explain the emotional journey involved when someone close to you dies.  There is also information about what funerals and memorials are like and a blog to share your experiences.  You can call Childline to talk to someone free on 0800 1111, and there is 1:2:1 online counselling offered.

The Grief Encounter group offer advice, a blog for info, art and stories, and opportunities to speak to somebody about a loss (provided under 16s have an adult) and e-counselling (contact@griefencounter.org.uk).

Leicester Sands is a voluntary group of parents who have all experienced the death of a baby either during pregnancy or soon after birth. They offer support, understanding, comfort and most importantly, a listening ear. They are able to offer telephone support and support meetings. Support meetings are very informal and held in a relaxed atmosphere. Telphone:07721068464

SURVIVORS OF BEREAVEMENT BY SUICIDE (previously known as SOBS) Have you lost a friend or loved one to suicide? SOBS exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend. Call for support on: 0844 561 6855.

The Winston Wish Charity support children and young people who are bereaved, and offer links to organisations supporting loss of a loved one in the military services.  This list of links may offer you support from a charity able to understand life as a son or daughter who has lost a parent in military service.

SAMM- Support After Murder And Manslaughter  Offer understanding & support to families & friends, who have been bereaved as a result of murder & manslaughter, and can liaise with other agencies such as police and legal teams on your behalf.  There is a confidential helpline 0845 872 3440.

The Samaritans will listen if you want to talk about your loss. If you are over 18 call at any time of day or night call either the local Leicestershire Samaritans on 0116 270 007 or call the National Number: 08457 90 90 90.  If you have no credit or land line, you can TEXT: 07725 90 90 90 and ask them to call you.  Email the Samaritans for online correspondence:  Jo@samaritans.org


LOSS OF A PET

Losing a pet can be devastating, and adjusting to life without a beloved companion and pet family member can take time. Writing poetry, painting pictures, planning a funeral and building small shrines to your lost pet can help to accept your loss by expressing how you feel.  This can be a shared experience with family and friends. However,  you may feel better talking to someone confidentially about your loss.  The links below can help you do that.  The chancesspot link is for children, and may be useful if you are under 16 or want to support a younger brother or sister.

Call THE BLUE CROSS support line to talk to a trained volunteer who can offer emotional support and information to young people and adults.  Tel: 0800 096 6606 ( 8.30am - 8.30pm every day). All calls are free and confidential from a landline. You can send an email if you prefer to write about how you are feeling: pbssmail@bluecross.co.uk

The Society for Companion Animal Studies offers a fortnightly online bereavement group session (Tuesdays at 6.30pm) where you can share your story, experience and worries after the loss of a pet.

Chancespot is a website dedicated to pet loss.  There are some really helpful booklets (pdfs) to download for children and younger teens to support the grieving process. 

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