During the Covid Lockdown, this website page is being used to list resources about death, bereavement and loss – specifically as these relate to children.
(For the Seasonal Resources which are usually on this page, please scroll down)
There are many different types of resources, reflecting the reality that no two children (or adults, of course) react to a bereavement in the same way. Offering, but not insisting on, opportunities to talk through memories and feelings will certainly be part of our response to a child who has experienced the death of someone close to them. Experience shows, though, that the time scale around this for children might be significantly different to the way adults tend to grieve. As children reach new ages and stages of development, they might need to grieve afresh for the person they have lost.
During this difficult time, children might not be able to say a final goodbye, so these prayers have been produced.Prayers for children who cannot be at a funeral
The Board of Education has a Bereavement Box with a selection of useful resources for schools. The list of books can be found here bereavement-resources-2– if you cannot source author or publisher please contact me, the box is usually available for loan, although this is not currently the case.
Organisations such as Winston’s Wish https://www.winstonswish.org/ offer online support and resources and also have a helpline on 08088 020 021
Child Bereavement UK also have online resources and a National Helpline 0800 02 888 40 (Freephone. Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm) They also offer this email for bereavement support: email@example.com
The Church of England “Faith at Home” group has published, “Never the Same”, a School Leadership resource for grief, bereavement and loss. It can be downloaded here…
The following resources from Dioceses might also be useful:
Children’s books about death – this selection includes some from a specifically Christian perspective – CHILDREN’S BEREAVEMENT (Please note, these are not all known to me, this is a selection of what is available – for recommended books, please see the list which is in the Bereavement Box)
If you have used other resources and would like to share these, please send me the details.
A range of ways of encouraging children to learn and celebrate the Christian meaning of each festival.
Six activities which ask questions about the Nativity Story. Each one is practical and enables conversations about why God sent his son to earth.
2. GET READY FOR ADVENT
Ideas for inviting those who come to church over Christmas to come and enjoy more of what Advent and Christmas is all about.
3. CHRISTMAS CONSTRUCTIONS
A new resource with six Christmas making activities. Suitable for old and young, male and female, I hope that you could use these activities for your congregation, children, young people and community during the Advent season.
EASTER AND LENT RESOURCES
HELPING CHILDREN TO LEARN ABOUT EASTER
EASTER FESTIVAL RESOURCES – Mothering Sunday, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Day
2. THE HOLY WEEK RIBBON – Download here
3. “LOOK AT THE CROSS” – free to Download here.
A number of ideas which focus on the cross. Select those which work for your congregation/group.
This is an All Age activity and meditation pack which is designed to focus on Good Friday and the events of Easter. Everything you need to know is in the pack and it is flexible so that you can use just one or two activities or the whole pack.
You will need some resources to make the crosses, but these should be obtainable fairly easily and without great expense. The resource also gives space for those who would prefer to sit, think and pray quietly on Good Friday.
4. EASTER – IN AND OUT OF DOORS
This uses some indoor stations from Experience Easter and some outdoor ones from Experience Easter Outdoors. There is a “weather risk” factor with the outside events, but I know of several churches that have persevered, even in snow, and found it a moving thing to do.
You will need the Experience Easter pack and the Experience Easter Outside pack. I have some copies of these for sale or you can go to the Gloucester website to buy them.
Download the pack here:
If you run this event please send some photos if you can!
Finally, another Easter event…
5. A WEEK WITH JESUS
A resource to use for Good Friday or over the Easter period for All Age Events, Messy Church or After School clubs,
The Jumping Fish resources are currently out of print. Please contact Sarah if you need a pack.
We can loan you a most of the resources you will need for each event. Please book early and check with Sarah Brown that the resources are available at the time you need them.
These are available to borrow:
EDUCATION SUNDAY RESOURCES