LATEST NEWS & INFORMATION
JOIN OUR TRUSTEE BOARD
We are looking for new Trustees to join our Board. If you are someone who understands the work of the charity sector and has the skills, experience and time to make a real difference as a serious and committed Trustee we would like to hear from you.
The Board of Trustees is jointly responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of Kingston Bereavement Service, its financial health and developing its aims and objectives in line with the governing document and legal and regulatory guidelines.
We are particularly interested in individuals with experience in Fundraising and Clinical. For further information please download the Trustee role descriptions and contact us if you are interested in applying.
SUPPORT DURING COVID
KBS will follow government advice relating to the coronavirus pandemic to which all our staff are required to adhere. We will continue to carefully monitor the situation and provide updates accordingly. We apologise for any inconvenience that changes we make to our service may cause but hope you will understand that the safety and wellbeing of those who provide and access our service is paramount.
We will not be providing face-to-face appointments until further notice, but we can offer our service through telephone and video counselling.
Families, children and young people
We will not be providing face-to-face services until further notice. Our plan remains to keep our service available to everyone that needs it where possible. If your child is currently receiving bereavement support and counselling, a member of our team will be in contact with you to discuss how this can be managed. We are able to continue to provide support, information and advice for parents and carers by telephone.
We are not currently arranging any face-to-face training, and you will be contacted if you have already have a training date booked. If you have any concerns or would like support, advice or information, please do get in touch, and we will support you as best we can.
Getting in touch
If you have any concerns about these arrangements, or would like to access support or information, we are still operating and able to support you in as flexible a way as possible. Please make contact on 020 8547 1552 if you would like to talk to one of our team. We are accessing the phone remotely on a daily basis, so please do leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Supporting children and young people
The Coronavirus pandemic has brought about change in all our lives, including those of children and young people, many of whom will struggle to understand the reasons for the changes and restrictions that are being imposed on us all. Like all of us, they will have questions and worries about the virus, they may also pick up on the worries that the adults in their life will have about this time of uncertainty. For a child who has experienced the death of someone significant to them, these anxieties and worries may be worse. We have put together the information and ideas below that you may find helpful when supporting bereaved children and young people during the pandemic.
Child Bereavement UK:
A short film about supporting bereaved children during the outbreak
Talking to bereaved children about coronavirus
Telling a child that someone is seriously ill
Telling a child that someone has died from coronavirus
Managing grief during self isolation
Cruse Bereavement Care:
Tips about talking to children
Cruse has a wide range of information and resources about grief and coronavirus
The Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families has some useful information for parents and carers, as well as professionals supporting children and young people. They also have information on self-care strategies for young people.
Funerals and ways to say goodbye
Some children and young people won’t be able to attend the funeral of loved ones during the pandemic due to the requirements around social distancing. These are alternative suggestions of ways to say goodbye:
Nelson’s Journey: Guidance for families around funerals
Winston’s Wish: How to say goodbye when a funeral isn't possible
Quaker Social Action: Organising a meaningful funeral
Further up to date information can be accessed from the National Association of Funeral Directors