Appropriate grief support can have a transformative effect on young lives: each and every case is individual, and our desire is to use our limited resources in the best way possible by normalising grief. Helping a child to feel heard, understood, and supported can help build resilience as they journey through bereavement, supported by the people closest to them. SeeSaw provides children and young people the means to explore their grief and make sense of what has happened so that they can learn to live a meaningful life alongside their loss.
Usually our clinical bereavement work focuses around meeting, assessing and offering one-to-one support for children where appropriate. With the loss of existing support networks for these families, and the absence of face-to-face meetings because of social distancing and isolation, SeeSaw has had to adapt how we deliver our grief support so that we reach out and connect with children and families in whatever way we can.
For children and young people, facing the death of a parent or sibling is one of the most difficult things they will ever have to deal with. To face this loss during a global pandemic, when all that is reassuring and familiar seems to be at risk, is enormously destabilising for a child.