Press Release / by Jennifer Kelly
Mon, 01/04/2021 - 15:15

 

The Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust is proud to announce the release of a new booklet aimed specifically for children who have sadly had to face the death of a friend.

The death of a child’s friend is a very difficult topic to discuss, and subject that all parents hope they will never need to do.  

Until now, there have been few resources available for younger children who face the loss of a friend or family member such as a cousin. The team at the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust have been working hard to change this. We have teamed up again with The Harvey Hext Trust – A Siblings Wish to develop this new publication.

This extensively peer reviewed publication aims to provide a simple but truthful explanation to younger children about what has happened. It also aims to serve as a discussion point for older children. It is written so it is not faith or belief specific and is aimed to be suitable for families irrespective of the cause of death of the child.

The booklets have been written, edited and produced by the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust with funding support from The Harvey Hext Trust – A Siblings Wish. They will be circulated to the schools, hospitals, hospices and families that request them.

Jennifer Kelly, Director of the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust said:

“We are very proud to have written and produced this booklet specifically for children who have faced the death of a friend. We truly hope that is will help support them to understand what has happened and to start to process their thoughts at this difficult time. Our thanks go to The Harvey Hext Trust – A Siblings Wish for their kind support and to our wonderful team of peer reviewers.”

Mrs Sarah Hext, Director of The Harvey Hext Trust – A Siblings Wish said:

“The Harvey Hext Trust are once again delighted to have been able to support The GKCCT in producing a booklet that will enable families and professionals to support young children through bereavement of a family member or a friend. We have no doubt that this much-needed booklet will be a very welcome addition to the booklets for siblings produced in 2020.”

As always, our booklets can be downloaded free worldwide, and paper copies can be ordered and delivered free of charge within the UK.

To download or order a copy of the booklet (if you are based in the UK), please go to www.gkcct.org/deathofafriend