One in 29 school-age children in the UK have been bereaved of a parent or a sibling, 24,000 parents die each year leaving dependant children.
We have supported hundreds of bereaved children across Nottinghamshire and parts of Lincolnshire, helping them to come to terms with the trauma they have faced and helping them build coping strategies to move forward through life.
Our service is unique and tailor-made to each individual, we encourage our children to express themselves through many activities. Each child is offered a comfort bear which helps them throughout their support and beyond.
Our Bear can help ease stress, build confidence, soothe tears and aid in social development. It can help the child handle fear, anxiety and the unknown. Cuddling a bear is very reminiscent of a time when you were very safe as a little one. Teddy bears are used in all sorts of crisis, comfort bears have been provided in hospitals, police assistance at the scene of any accident and in social care.
Research has suggested that Bears are seen as a transitional object and is meant as a reminder of a baby’s relationship with their mother. This then becomes a part of the relationship between the mother and the child, it will become the comfort needed when the mother isn’t present.
The children at our Centre use our bears out of sessions to self-soothe and talk about their feelings and emotions. When a child has had a significant trauma and is experiencing flashbacks from an event they are encouraged to use their bears to cuddle or stroke until the images pass.
Some of the children who have accessed our support have personalized their bear using clothing, jewelry, and buttons which remind them of the person who has died.
So now you see how special our bears can be and how much they can help bereaved children. Take a browse through our Comfort Bear page for stories and poems from children who have a special bear in their lives.
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