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The hub for those working with bereaved children and their families in the UK

Pandemic deepens feelings of isolation felt by grieving families

90% widowed parents say that feelings of loneliness or isolation have been more of a problem for them during the pandemic 80% report more loneliness or isolation among their grieving children Children’s Grief Awareness Week runs 19-25 November 2020 Children’s … Continue reading

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Open letter to government on funding for bereavement services responding to Covid-19

A group of 50 charities and organisations providing support to those bereaved during the COVID-19 crisis are calling on the Government to invest in support for those grieving loved ones. In an open letter to the Minister for the Cabinet … Continue reading

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Open letter on bereavement benefits for cohabiting parents & their children

18 months after Siobhan McLaughlin won her case for Widowed Parent’s Allowance in the Supreme Court, and the day after the Government was refused permission to appeal a similar case on Bereavement Support Payment, 18 organisations have come together to … Continue reading

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Bereavement Support Payment: High Court rules in favour of bereaved parents who were cohabiting and their children

Landmark High Court judgement that denying new-style bereavement benefits to unmarried, cohabiting partners with children is incompatible with human rights law Bereavement Support Payment is paid at a higher rate to those with children Frustration at Government’s lack of progress … Continue reading

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Lost for Words – have things changed?

The findings published for Children’s Grief Awareness Week 2019  show that many of today’s bereaved children are ‘lost for words’. More than one in four 11 year olds whose mum or dad has died say they keep their worries to … Continue reading

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Manifesto for Grieving Children

On the first day of Children’s Grief Awareness Week 2019, we’re launching our Manifesto for Grieving Children. Every 22 minutes, a parent dies in the UK leaving dependent children. That’s over 2,000 parents over the course of this General Election … Continue reading

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Bereaved children still missing out on financial support

Earlier this year, the Childhood Bereavement Network surveyed over 300 widowed parents about their experiences of finances, work and childcare. This fed into a response to the Work and Pensions Select Committee inquiry into the new Bereavement Support Payment. Today, … Continue reading

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Bereaved children and their parents losing out

A year ago Siobhan McLaughlin won her case in the Supreme Court. The Court ruled that denying her Widowed Parent’s Allowance after the death of her partner of 23 years was incompatible with her and her children’s human rights. Despite … Continue reading

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Learning about change, loss and bereavement

Amid Brexit chaos, we’d be forgiven for thinking that the business of Parliament had ground to a halt. But last week, the House of Commons did manage to find something that almost all MPs could agree on. And it has … Continue reading

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Making bereaved children more visible

Today’s news from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) makes sobering reading: around 7,000 children born each year in England and Wales are likely to face the death of their mother before they reach 16. All too often, bereaved children … Continue reading

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