IF YOUR CHILD NEEDS EXTRA SUPPORT —
If your child does not appear to be coping as expected with a bereavement, if he or she is acting out, feeling isolated or still asking questions in the months following a death, you may decide to avail of professional support.
Investigate the services on offer from groups such as Rainbows, Barnardos, the ICBN or your local family resource centre, which offers voluntary support services.
It’s important to get a clear description of the service offered by each organisation, advises Orla Keegan. Check that volunteers or counsellors are trained to work with children and whether they have expertise in childhood bereavement and in understanding the way children grieve.
If it’s a charity, check that it is registered and adheres to good codes of governments and to child-first policies.