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Child Bereavement Service

Bereavement support for children aged between 5 and 18 years in Bedfordshire

Although it is a natural part of life, the death of someone close can be a distressing and overwhelming experience for anyone.

Children experience the pain of loss just as much as adults, although their reactions will depend on their age, maturity and understanding of events.

Adults often try to protect their children from the facts of death, perhaps feeling that they are too young to understand, or that talking about the loss will be too distressing.

Experience has shown us that children can gain a great deal from meeting others of their own age who have had similar experiences and, if given the chance to understand events and to express their own feelings, they can learn to adjust to their loss.

The Child Bereavement Service is an organisation established from a wide range of experienced, trained professionals and volunteers throughout Bedfordshire. It includes Barneys for children aged up to 12 and Chums for older children and young people.

Chums and Barneys were created to meet the needs of children and their families following the death of someone close, however they may have died.
The service offers help in a variety of ways:

  • Individual support for children by a trained volunteer;
  • Workshops for groups of children, enabling them to meet those of a similar age with similar experiences.

(Children may decide that they need a bit of both ~ and that's OK.)

  • Parent/carer support groups.
  • Children may be invited to other events through the year.

Through activities and group discussion in a safe, non threatening and supportive environment, the children are helped to explore what has happened to them, to understand the feelings they are experiencing and to find ways of coping.

The service is free and confidential.

If you think we may be able to help, please contact us at the address below, either by letter or telephone and ask for further details. We can also advise you about other organisations that may be able to help.

CHUMS
Child Bereavement, Trauma and Emotional Wellbeing Service
Wrest Park Enterprise Centre
Wrest Park
Silsoe
MK45 4HS 


Tel: 01525 863924
Email: info@chums.uk.com
Web: www.chums.uk.com


Please call between
9.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. Monday to Friday

 

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