When someone close dies, children may not have the words to talk about their feelings; they may feel:
It can be very difficult for a parent, close relative or friend to support a bereaved child and others working with children such as teachers, health professionals, social and community staff may be unsure and uneasy when faced with bereaved children, fearful they may make the situation worse.
A child's understanding of death and expression of grief varies with their experience, their age and their stage of development, and manifests itself differently from adult grief. With information and resources Simon Says can help children cope with their feelings while holding onto memories of the person who has died.
Simon Says became a registered charity in 2001 and was formally launched in 2002 with the aim of supporting children and young people within Hampshire, who have a close relative or friend who has died or is dying.