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Creative Approaches To Supporting Bereaved Children And Young People

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Best Western Chilworth Manor Hotel

Chilworth Manor

Chilworth

SO16 7PT

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This Simon Says conference is for anyone who works with or supports bereaved children, young people and their families.

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We are excited to announce our first ever bereavement conference. Over the last couple of years we have become aware of a huge hunger to gain a greater knowledge in how to support bereaved children. We hope this conference will equip people with the tools and ideas they need.

In this conference you will gain a better understanding of grief and loss, how it impacts children and young people and a range of practical activities you can use to support them along their bereavement journey.

We will have a panel with expertise in the areas of bereavement and mental wellbeing available to answer questions. Also our Young Persons Group leader who used to be a service user and has returned to volunteer for the charity.

We will provide refreshments and a buffet style lunch.

The key note addresses will be by Ellie Baker and Elke Thompson (formerly Barber).

Ellie will share her expertise in the field of neuroscience, child development, attachment theory and give an understanding of how the arts can deepen our knowledge of 'how to be' and 'what to say' with children suffering from grief and loss.

Elke is the author of 'Is Daddy Comin Back in a Minute?' and will give a first-hand account of being thrown into sudden young widowhood ten years ago, aged only 34, and how she helped - and continues to help - her very young children navigate through their grieving process. Her talk will centre around the importance of being honest and using age-appropriate language when helping children understand death and what happens after death. She will give real-life examples of how a child's understanding of the subject changes over time and the impact it has on the young person.

You will be able to register on to 2 of the following workshops (please chose 2 you would like to attend and a reserve, we will endeavour to give you your ideal choice but 'may' need to fall on your reserve choice as spaces in some workshops are limited) :

A: Education: 'Normalising Grief' - This workshop is for people working within a school setting and will explore creative ways to teach children the skills to talk about death and bereavement and how to support peers.

B: Teenage Grief - This workshop is aimed at those working with and supporting bereaved teenagers.

C: Traumatic Grief - This workshop looks at how to support children and young people bereaved as a result of a traumatic event such as suicide and murder.

D: Arts as a Bridge to Relationship - Through a combination of case studies and experiential exercises you will be introduced to a variety of ways to support children and families to communicate about loss and grief.

E: Creative Approaches to Supporting Bereaved Young Children - A hands-on workshop exploring creative activities to help young children express and understand feelings associated with grief and death. Expect to use crayons, paper, scissors and more!

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