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Bereavement Support

 

 

Talking to our children about their emotions has never been more important. We are all navigating these unprecedented times and often unfamiliar thoughts, feelings and behaviours during the pandemic. This video may support a conversation with your child if they are dealing with managing feelings in general OR about dealing with a seriously ill family member or a loss in the family.

The Invisible Suitcase | Child Bereavement UK

 

Other activities that you could try to support open conversations about illness or loss with your child are:

  • Ways to stay connected with family members who are unwell:

PowerPoint Presentation (childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk)

  • Ways to deal with the loss of a loved one

PowerPoint Presentation (childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk)

  • Thoughts and feelings about those we miss or have lost

Little-Box-of-Big-Thoughts-Electronic-Form-Fill.pdf (theprestonassociates.com)

  • Create a Memory Jar

Memory-Jars-Winstons-Wish.pdf

  • Create a Memory Box

Memory-Box-Winstons-Wish.pdf

  • Create an Emotional First Aid Kit

Winstons-Wish-First-Aid-Kit.pdf

  • Create a Beaded bracelet

Beaded-Bracelet-Winstons-Wish.pdf

  • Create a Button tree

Button-Tree-Winstons-Wish.pdf


For further support please visit:

Child Bereavement UK

Cruse Bereavement Care |

Winston's Wish - giving hope to grieving children

Alternatively please speak to your child’s class teacher/ contact the school office.

 

 

WAYS TO KEEP YOUR CHILD’S MIND AND BODY HEALTHY DURING LOCKDOWN.

Life isn’t quite what we are all used to at the moment which is why it is really important that we find some time and encourage our children to look after their minds AND bodies alongside their other learning.

We all have lots of different emotions that we feel everyday and it is really important that our children feel confident and comfortable to express how they are feeling so that if they are finding something difficult, we can listen and offer some support or advice to help.

 

If you have concerns for your child's well-being during lockdown these links may offer some support:

CREATING A ROUTINE:
https://www.partnershipforchildren.org.uk/uploads/Files/PDFs/Resilience%20Activities/Creating%20a%20Routine.pdf

FEELINGS DIARY:

https://www.partnershipforchildren.org.uk/uploads/Files/PDFs/Resilience%20Activities/Our%20Feelings%20Diary.pdf

https://www.partnershipforchildren.org.uk/uploads/Files/PDFs/Resilience%20Activities/Feelings%20Chart.pdf

COPING TOOLBOX:

https://www.partnershipforchildren.org.uk/uploads/Files/PDFs/Resilience%20Activities/Coping%20Toolbox.pdf

WORRY JAR:

https://www.partnershipforchildren.org.uk/uploads/Files/PDFs/Resilience%20Activities/Worry%20Jar.pdf

An alternative idea for this is to create a CALM JAR filled with water, glitter, any other objects that your child finds soothing and some food colouring to make it colourful. Shake the jar to represent mixed up emotions and watch it settle to support your child to calm down and discuss techniques to help them calm down.

 

PRACTISE MINDFULNESS

Mindfulness means paying full attention to something. It means slowing down to really notice what you're doing. Being mindful is the opposite of rushing or multitasking. When you're mindful, you're taking your time. You're focusing in a relaxed, easy way and using all of your senses to explore what you are doing in that moment.

https://youtu.be/oRzbzu-ugJg this is a mindful eating exercise- choose your child’s favourite food and enjoy!

https://youtu.be/c1Ndym-IsQg this is a mini mindful meditation to ground yourself  in the present moment

https://youtu.be/uNHLhHyjbd0 this could be used to start your week

https://youtu.be/SEfs5TJZ6Nk 3 minute mindful breathing meditation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-6f5wQXSu8 10 minute meditation for anxiety

There are also mindful mediations to help sleep too! If you would like any more information on mindfulness please contact Mrs McAteer, Mrs Bloomfield or Miss Higgs.

 

It is important for your child to take a break and MOVE THEIR BODY! It’s good to get outside for a daily walk or other exercise but other things you could try are:

YOGA

https://youtu.be/Td6zFtZPkJ4 10 minute yoga for the classroom

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dF7O6-QabIo 15 minute rainbow yoga

https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/activities/indoor-activities Disney inspired indoor games

https://www.nhs.uk/10-minute-shake-up/shake-ups 10 minute ‘shake up’ activities

 

Please contact your child’s class teacher or the school office if you need any further support for your child’s well-being during lockdown.

 

Earlsdon Primary School Values

Respect
  • A culture is strong when people work with each other, not for themselves. Simon Sinek
Equality
  • In diversity there is beauty and there is strength. Maya Angelou
Challenge
  • Come to the edge. We might fall. Come to the edge. It's too high! Come to the edge. And they came, and he pushed, and they flew. Christopher Iogne
Resilience
  • Resilience comes from the Latin word 'resalire', which means springing back.
Responsibility
  • You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. Jane Goodall
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