Community News: Toxteth Co-op Funeralcare supports Liverpool’s bereaved children

July 05, 2016

Co-op Funeralcare in Toxteth provided schools across Liverpool with a series of animated films yesterday, to help their bereaved children cope with the loss of a loved one.
 
In the UK, a parent of a dependent child dies every 22 minutes, leaving 41,000 children without a parent each year.  In addition to this, 309,000 UK children aged between five and 16 years old have been bereaved of a parent or sibling* 
 
Co-op Funeralcare in Toxteth is helping to support Liverpool’s bereaved children and has now provided series of DVDs to 30 schools across the city. 
 
The DVDs which follow the success of Co-op Funeralcare’s Amy and Tom books, which were distributed for free to over 25,000 family liaison officers, schools, bereaved families and medical professionals across the country, are designed to help children come to terms with the loss of a loved one.
 
Pauline McAvoy, Manager at Toxteth Co-op Funeralcare said: “We’re really pleased to provide these DVDs to 30 schools across Liverpool. We want to reach out and support Liverpool’s bereaved families as much as we possibly can.
 
“It is a sad reality that so many children are bereaved each year and it is so important that teachers have the tools and the guidance to help and support them in opening up and dealing with their grief.”
 
The DVD’s were created in conjunction with Child Bereavement, Trauma and Emotional Wellbeing Service (CHUMS) and Co-op Funeralcare is the only organisation in the UK to make the animated films available free of charge to key people and organisations in a position to support bereaved children such as teachers, medical professionals and community leaders. 
 
Dawn Hewitt, Chief Executive Officer of CHUMS said: “We know that grief can feel overwhelming, confusing, painful and lonely.  At CHUMS we offer a variety of interventions, in order to support children and young people in their grief when someone close to them has died.  Through the medium of animation, the DVDs can help children and young people relate to their own experience and help them recognise that they are not on their own."
 
“Schools, community groups and specialised bereavement services such as CHUMS all play an important role in supporting bereaved children and young people. Support and resources such as the DVDs can make a profound difference, not only at the time of a child's loss but also for their long term emotional wellbeing and resilience."
 
The short animated films have been produced by The Angel Studio.  
 

 
To view a short preview of the DVDs please visit: www.co-operativefuneralcare.co.uk/child-bereavement
 
For further information about Co-op Funeralcare please visit: www.co-operativefuneralcare.co.uk
For further information about CHUMS please visit: http://www.chums.uk.com/about/
 
*Research was conducted by the Child Bereavement Network in October 2014.
The DVDs were created by The Angel Studio.  For further information about The Angel Studio please visit http://www.angelstudio.tv/ or email info@angelstudio.tv.
 
For further information please contact:
Emily Dalton: Emily.Dalton@co-operative.coop / 07738 621 201
Caroline Canty: Caroline.canty@co-operative.coop / 07834 446709
 
For further information please visit: www.co-operativefuneralcare.co.uk