Caring for bereaved children
Supporting youngsters and their families through one of the toughest times of their lives
How we can help
OWLS - Overcoming Worry, Loss and Sadness - primarily serves children aged up to 11 and their families, who are struggling with grief.
It can help in a number of ways, including offering practical and emotional support, direct 1-2-1 therapy, schools workshops and peer activity days where affected children and their families can get together to share experiences and support each other.
There is no right or wrong way to grieve and different children will react in different ways. The sections below offer some general information and advice that may be helpful in supporting a bereaved child.
Bereaved children will experience a range of emotions – from anxiety to anger and sadness to insecurity. How they react is likely to be influenced by the relationship they had to the person who has died.
Grief – that deep feeling of loss, sorrow, despair, abandonment and more besides – hits us all in some way when a loved one dies.
Teachers and school staff, as familiar and trusted adults, can play an enormously important role in supporting a bereaved child.
How to support OWLS
Inspired to support our work? You can make a one-off donation or set up a monthly direct debit. You could take part in an event and raise sponsorship, stage a table-top or bake sale or a sweepstake in your workplace.
Why not nominate us for a grant, or donate materials such as art supplies. Own or manage a venue? You could help with the staging of one of our activity days.
You can also help by donating prizes for raffles or tombolas, or even volunteer your time to help support our children on the activity days.
What your donation could provide
Your donation will continue our work in helping children to be happier and healthier. However much you choose to donate, learn about the difference it could make to the OWLS bereavement service.
- £16 Could provide crafts materials for a memory box for a bereaved child
- £50 Could pay for a bereaved brother and sister to attend an activity day
- £240 Could pay for a bereavement counsellor for one child