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Grief in the Family

(2002, 14 minutes)

Narrated by Michael Rosen

When someone dies, life for those who were close to them will never be the same again. Bereavement is particularly hard for families. At a time when children are in need of extra support, so are their parents and carers.

This 14-minute animated film looks at the ways children and young people respond to grief, and what the adults around them can do to help. It gives parents and carers an insight into the process of grieving, its physical and emotional effects, and the special needs of children and young people.

The film shows families from a wide range of backgrounds dealing with bereavement. It offers practical advice to parents who need to learn how to find support for themselves, while helping their children to express their feelings and handle confusing emotions. Stressing the importance of listening to children and answering their questions honestly, it encourages the development of communication and a supportive family environment.

The pack is designed as a resource for those working with families and bereaved children. It raises awareness and facilitates discussion in parenting education classes, training courses or schools. It is also suitable for viewing at home by parents, carers, and children.

A booklet containing background information is supplied free with the DVD.

Made under the terms of the Film Workshops Declaration, with financial assistance from the Home Office Family Support Grant Programme, Leeds City Council Department of Leisure Services, the Co-operative Bank, Leeds Hospital Fund Charitable Trust and A & S Burton 1960 Charitable Trust.

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