When a child dies
A parent’s worst nightmare is thinking about their child dying. For families who have a child with cancer, this nightmare sometimes becomes reality. When a child dies, we’re here for families.
Our social workers help in many ways, before a child dies and during bereavement. These can include:
- Planning ahead for the time families have left with their child, and their death
- Helping parents deal with the immediate priorities – from letting people know what’s happened, to completing the death certificate
- Getting a CLIC Sargent Compassionate Grant to help parents with funeral costs, and providing information about other financial help they may be able to get
- Letting parents know about booklets and online information they may find comforting and useful, including support for siblings
- Connecting parents with bereavement organisations who can offer grief counselling and other services
- Letting parents know about CLIC Sargent’s Facebook group for bereaved parents – a welcoming, friendly space to share thoughts and feelings, seek advice and get support.
While we don’t provide ongoing bereavement support, we’ll never leave parents to cope alone when they need help. Our social workers will put families in touch with other organisations who provide skilled help and support closer to home, or which are accessible by phone or online.
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Information for bereaved families
The grief you feel before and after your child dies can consume many aspects of your life. We’ve worked with other bereaved parents to create honest, informative and thoughtful articles to help you navigate bereavement – and all that comes with it. They include what friends can do to help, the impact on your relationship, how it affects siblings, getting through special occasions – and much more. We know it’s different with cancer – and this information has been designed to reflect your reality.Browse articles about grief
Order free booklets
Our sensitive and beautifully designed collection of printed booklets have been written collaboratively with bereaved parents. They are there to help you manage the time before your child’s death, the practicalities afterwards, and how other bereaved parents felt in the weeks, months and years afterwards.Order free
Financial support for bereaved families
As of 23 July 2019 a Children’s Funeral Fund will available to all families in England. The Fund will cover burial and cremation fees and some associated costs. The Fund will make fees for a child’s funeral free for families at the point of need and is not means tested. It is available to all parents regardless of their nationality, or that of their child as long as the burial or cremation takes place in England from 23 July 2019. Similar funds already exist in Scotland and Wales. This page will be updated following the publication of further information from the Government.
If you do still have to pay, your CLIC Sargent Social Worker can help you apply for a Funeral Expenses Payment from the government, for support covering some of the costs of your child’s funeral.Find out how we make change happen