The Role of Therapeutic Storytelling in Early Years Loss And Bereavement

Childhood bereavement is the poor relation when it comes to childhood mental health. Bereaved children are often overlooked in the classroom largely because they do not stand out. The symptom of poor concentration, a common feature of the bereaved state of mind, ends up being misattributed to something else, but the fact is that 1 child in every classroom is bereaved (Childhood Bereavement UK). Poor concentration is the red flag to be aware of which can help us unlock a bereaved child’s story, and support their mental health.

If you ask a bereaved child a direct question such as, ‘how do you feel about Mummy dying? their response is likely to be a shoulder shrug rather than a chatty response. On the other hand, if you tell them a…

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