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Recommended Resources

Below are our recommendations for tried and trusted national websites that we have found to be really helpful.

Child Bereavement UK

A very comprehensive and empathetic site which understands what parents experience when losing a child.  The site offers support for families, young people as well as professionals.  Elliot's Footprint have now formed a partnership with Child Bereavement UK to provide a bereavement support worker in the West Yorkshire Area, find out more here.

Below are some useful links that take you straight to some really helpful sections.

SupportThis is a useful starting point to see what support is available, including a free telephone line and email support. There is also a search facility to help you find out what support may be available in your area.

Young People: this is really good as it is information written by young people for young people, including stories and short films. 

A Child of Mine

This site is written in a very compassionate and caring way, and very much from a bereaved parent’s perspective. We feel that this creates a connection with us as parents who have suffered a personal loss of a child. It has a really useful guidance section. For example advice on how to deal with relationships as possible communication patterns can change as partners grieve in very different ways. It has sections on Poems, Books, Alternative Therapies and blogs from bereaved parents.

Winston’s Wish 

A charity that is based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire and Horsham, West Sussex.  It focuses on supporting children after the death of a parent or sibling. Winston’s Wish use therapeutic input from bereavement professionals in an individual, group or residential setting. They have a helpline and website support. 

Compassionate Friends

This is a worldwide charitable organisation of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents dedicated to the support and care of other bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents who have suffered the death of a child. There is a real recognition of a bond with others who are similarly bereaved. 

Child Death Helpline

This is a really practical website and gives information about the difficult and sad elements of the practical things that have to be done when a child dies, including registering a death, post-mortem information, funeral directors role and information about the Child Death Review Panel.  It is a site that is useful for friends or family to look at to help the bereaved families, especially when doing the basic of things is so hard.

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