CHILDLINE TIP: There’s no right or wrong way to deal with grief

“In times of national mourning, many young people will feel anxious.”

But the levels of grief in the community and country, through the media and the internet cannot go unnoticed by children and young people in the North East, and can cause those who have lost a loved one, even recently, to find yourself struggling with anxiety or sadness right now.

The loss of a friend, relative or loved one can be heartbreaking at any age, but when you are a child it can be much more difficult to deal with feelings of grief and loss.

Some children may wonder if what they feel about the loss is right or wrong, and some may not understand the complex emotions they are feeling.

In times of national mourning, many young people will feel anxious, and we have support available for children struggling with anxiety on our Childline website, which is available 24 hours a day for young people who need it.

It is important to remind children that it is okay to feel what they are feeling.

And talking to a trusted adult, teacher, friend or one of our counselors about your feelings can really help.

If they’re not ready to talk to someone, the Childline website offers an Art Box online tool, where they can write a letter or draw something to sum up their feelings, then save or destroy it to give up. these feelings.

Children can also use our moderated message boards to share their feelings with other young people and to find out how others are coping with similar issues.

If you are a parent or caregiver to a child who has lost someone, let them know you are there for them, whenever they need it.

If they prefer to speak to Childline, we are always available on 0800 1111 and online at www.childline.org.uk

There is also advice for adults on how to help support the mental health of young people during the difficult times they may be facing.

Everyone has their own way of dealing with loss and grief, but it’s important to remember that there’s no right or wrong way to feel.