CHUMS was initially created to meet the needs of children and their families following the death of someone close, however they may have died.
We offer support in a variety of ways to children, young people and their families across Luton, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
Children experience the pain of loss just as much as adults, although their reactions will depend on their age, maturity and understanding of events. Adults often try to protect children from the pain of the loss, perhaps feeling that they are too young to understand, or that talking about the loss will be too distressing. However, our experience in supporting families has shown that it can be more helpful to talk to children, whilst remembering the following:
Be age appropriate
Experience has shown us that children can gain a great deal from meeting others of their own age who have had similar experiences and, if given the chance to understand events and to express their own feelings, they can learn to adjust to their loss.
The Bereavement Service is an organisation established from a wide range of experienced, trained professionals and volunteers throughout Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Peterborough.
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO COVID-19 ALL OF OUR DELIVERY IS VIRTUAL, EITHER BY PHONE OR ONLINE VIA MICROSOFT TEAMS. THIS INCLUDES 1:1 SUPPORT AND THERAPEUTIC GROUPS FOR BOTH CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE, AND PARENTS/CARERS.