Supporting children with bereavement during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation

12 May 2020

This helpful guide for parents and carers promotes the importance of being open and honest with a bereaved child and much more.

Father supporting daughter through a bereavement

A new guide to supporting bereaved children during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak is now available from Ecclesiastical Planning Services. The guide has been developed by a specialist child bereavement charity and provides practical advice for parents and carers on explaining the situation to young children. It also offers ideas for involving and supporting children whilst government restrictions limit our usual grieving rituals and processes.

It is estimated that a child is involved in some way in over 80% of all funerals in the UK. But the impact of Covid-19 will likely affect the way we deal with death for some time. Many of the funeral directors we support will have already witnessed the differences in the ways families are able grieve and mourn in the wake of the virus.

Helping a child through the trauma of losing someone close to them is one of the most emotional events a person can experience. Under the current government restrictions, whereby only close family members and members of the deceased’s household are able to attend a funeral, families will struggle and need support now more than ever. This guide promotes the importance of being open and honest with a bereaved child and includes advice around the questions they may ask following the death of a loved one, how they may respond and react, where to get more help and much more.

If you work with young people or are a parent or guardian of a bereaved child and would like to request a copy, please email