Coping with Christmas

When someone you love has died it may feel very difficult to think about Christmas and celebrate in ways that have been part of your family traditions in the past. You may feel you would rather forget about Christmas this year and the idea of having any sort of celebration may feel very difficult.

Every family is different and it is really important to do what feels right for you and your children. It can help to talk with friends and family about what you will do on the day. Some families want to simply think about the person who has died. Others wish to do something special to mark the day. For some, maintaining the same family traditions as far as possible can be very comforting. But some families chose to do something very different.

We have put together some thoughts based on the experiences of bereaved families we have worked with and their ideas about what has helped  them and things to be aware of. You can download their tips for managing the season here. There is also a craft activity which you might like to try with the children.

How SeeSaw can help

SeeSaw provides grief support for children, young people and their families in Oxfordshire.  Through appropriate and timely support, SeeSaw can help to reduce the emotional, psychological and mental health consequences of bereavement.  Young people are then able to face the future with hope.

It can be difficult to know what to say to a child when someone has died. Here are some guidelines to help you to talk to your child. 

SeeSaw offers:

  • Telephone consultations to any parent or professional who is concerned about a bereaved child.
  • Home visits to families to assess their needs and talk about ways in which SeeSaw might be able to help.    
  • Tailored individual support for children and young people when needed. This often involves one-to-one sessions with a support worker and takes place where the child is most comfortable – in their own home.    
  • Specialist support to families and professionals when a parent or sibling is dying.        
  • Family events and activity days which enable children, young people and their families to meet together in a fun and relaxed way.      
  • Information and training to school staff when they are supporting a bereaved child in the classroom or managing a death in the school community.     
  • Training, consultancy and resources to professionals working with bereaved children and young people. 

If you are worried about a bereaved child in your care then please call the friendly SeeSaw team for help, advice and guidance on 01865 744768 or email SeeSaw

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