Bereaved Children’s Awareness Week 2020

Every November, the Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (ICBN) organises a series of events across Ireland to highlight bereaved children’s needs and provide a voice for them to be heard.

Bereaved Children’s Awareness Week (BCAW) is to help raise awareness of the fact that children express grief differently; they feel the impact but may not have words to express it so it often shows in their behaviour.

We are asking the adults to help bereaved children find their way to express grief by:

  • Understanding what to expect from children and young people
  • Having open and honest conversations
  • Being patient and compassionate
  • Acknowledge their feelings and respect choice and difference

Open Lecture

What Social Care Workers Need to Know about Children & Grief
Monday Nov 23rd 12-1pm

This lecture with Jennifer Moran Stritch is part of the regular syllabus for Social Care Work students at Limerick Institute of Technology but is open to the public to attend online for Bereaved Children’s Awareness Week 2020.

Jennifer Moran Stritch is a lecturer in the Department of Applied Social Sciences at Limerick Institute of Technology. Jennifer lectures in Personal Development and Challenging Behaviour modules and created the Working with Older People/Positive Ageing elective module in 2015 as part of the BA (Hons) in Social Care Work degree programme.
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Webinar

Understand and support bereaved children and young people
Monday Nov 23rd 7:30-8:30pm

On Nov 23rd we are hosting a webinar: ‘Understand and support bereaved children and young people’. This session will explore different ways to talk to children about grief and those hard to express emotions. More here

Children’s storytelling

Wednesday Nov 25rd 3:30pm

Join us on Zoom with storyteller Joe Brennan for an online storytelling event for children affected by cancer or bereavement. Organised by Purple House Cancer Support, email info@purplehouse.ie or call 01 2866966

Creative Connections

Speaking through the language of music
Saturday Nov 28th and Sunday Nov 29th

This free online Zoom session with music therapist Chiara Clear recognises that children do not forget the death of a loved family member and that being silent does not erase the memory of this individual. This is a lesson the founders of Jacinta’s Smile know all too well having lost three of their own siblings. However, this experience, as tragic as it was, has motivated them to create supports for bereaved siblings so that they can constructively deal with their grief, lessen feelings of isolation, connect with other young people with similar experiences, and come away feeling secure and focused on their own future. There will be three free sessions for different age groups: age 7-10; age 11–14 and age 15–17.
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Webinar:

Conversations with teachers supporting bereaved children in their class
Monday Nov 30th 4-5pm

Teachers can make a real difference to bereaved pupils, acknowledging their loss and by offering opportunities for them to talk about their experiences if they want to and by listening and responding to the spoken and unspoken messages they send. This free webinar will explore the key supportive role of teachers and school staff for bereaved children and young people in their classrooms.
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Children’s creative project:

Shine a light
What is it that makes you shine? Is it writing a poem or a story? Or maybe it’s drawing and painting. It’s up to you. Using light as a theme, send your creative entries to info@agrikids.ie. Entires will be shared on social media with prizes for the top 3 entries that shine above the rest. Open to children in 3rd-6th class. Closes Dec 11th. Organised by AgriKids – a farm safety educational platform for children and Embrace farm – Supporting families after death or serious injury of a loved one from a farm accident.

Can you help spread the word?

We would like as many people as possible in Ireland to know about Bereaved Children’s Awareness Week 2020. We have prepared a promo pack and a media and promotional assets page with links to media coverage, posters to print out and graphics for web and social media. Please feel free to view/download/share/print/forward these documents and graphics. Thank you.