Community News: Co-op Funeralcare supports Leeds’ bereaved children
11 October 2016
Horace Webster & Son in Leeds has provided two local schools with a series of animated films and books, to help their bereaved children cope with the loss of a loved one.
In the UK, a parent of a dependent child dies every 22 minutes, leaving 41,000 children without a parent each year. In addition to this, 309,000 UK children aged between five and 16 years old have been bereaved of a parent or sibling*
Horace Webster & Son, which is part of Co-op Funeralcare, is helping to support Leeds’ bereaved children at Windmill and Low Road Primary Schools, providing them with ‘Amy and Tom’ books and ‘One year on’ DVD’s, which help explain bereavement to the children.
Co-op Funeralcare’s Amy and Tom books were distributed for free to over 25,000 family liaison officers, schools, bereaved families and medical professionals across the country, and are designed to help children come to terms with the loss of a loved one. Following their success, the ‘One year on’ DVDs were designed to engage even further with children.
Ella Lock, Funeral Arranger for Horace Webster & Son, commented:
“We have an on-going relationship with these schools, and we’re really pleased to be provide these DVDs and books.
“We want to reach out and support bereaved families of Leeds wherever we can, and we feel that it is vital that teachers are equipped with the tools and guidance to give these children the support they need.”
The DVD’s were created in conjunction with Child Bereavement, Trauma and Emotional Wellbeing Service (CHUMS) and Co-op Funeralcare is the only organisation in the UK to make the animated films available free of charge to key people and organisations in a position to support bereaved children such as teachers, medical professionals and community leaders.
Dawn Hewitt, Chief Executive Officer of CHUMS said:
“We know that grief can feel overwhelming, confusing, painful and lonely. At CHUMS we offer a variety of interventions, in order to support children and young people in their grief when someone close to them has died. Through the medium of animation, the DVDs can help children and young people relate to their own experience and help them recognise that they are not on their own.
“Schools, community groups and specialised bereavement services such as CHUMS all play an important role in supporting bereaved children and young people. Support and resources such as the DVDs can make a profound difference, not only at the time of a child's loss but also for their long term emotional wellbeing and resilience."
The short animated films have been produced by The Angel Studio.
Notes to Editors:
To view a short preview of the DVDs please visit: www.co-operativefuneralcare.co.uk/child-bereavement
For further information about Co-op Funeralcare please visit: www.co-operativefuneralcare.co.uk
For further information about CHUMS please visit: http://www.chums.uk.com/about/
*Research was conducted by the Child Bereavement Network in October 2014.
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