Helping young cope with loss


A series of four short animated films has been produced to help children cope with loss.

The series, created by The Angel Studio, includes ‘Our Year Since Dad died’ and ‘Our Year Since Grandma Died.’ They address issues faced by young children who’ve lost a parent or grandparent.

The DVDs will be available as a free resource to schools, medical professionals, community groups and bereaved families.

The series was a joint initiative from CHUMS – the Child Bereavement, Trauma and Emotional Wellbeing Service – and The Co-operative Funeralcare.

More than 41,000 children suffer the loss of a parent each year. The death of a grandparent is often a youngster’s first experience of bereavement and more than 309,000, aged between five and 16, face a loss of some sort – a sibling, family member or close friend.

TCF spokesman David Collingwood said: “It’s important we have the tools and the guidance to help and support these young people.”

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