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Community support for grieving families
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Grieving families need support from their community. Soon after a death, they may need support for planning a funeral and making arrangements. Families may also need help caring for young children. Helping with simple tasks such as cooking, feeding, or washing can greatly support grieving families, especially if the person who died was the primary caregiver. See Chapter 15: Community support for children, for ideas.
Help new caregivers understand children
If you know a child well, you may be able to help the child make a better change into a new family. Help the child and the new caregiver get to know one another better, to understand how the child shows grief, and what helps them.
Support children caring for children
After the death of both parents, an older sibling often takes care of the young children in the home. These young caregivers need support from their relatives and other adults in the community, especially if the children have extra needs such as disabilities, HIV or other illnesses.
You can support these young caregivers by giving them loving guidance and emotional support, by helping with food and financial support, and also by showing them respect as caregivers. This includes respecting decisions they make for their family and praising them to others.
Hello, Rebecca, hello, June. That was a beautiful ceremony on Sunday. I wanted to give you my condolences again and bring you some bread.
Thank you. Don’t be shy, Sarah, you know Mrs. Chenge from across the road, don’t you?
You know, my husband drives to the city every day. If you need a ride or to have him pick up medicine for you, he would be glad to help.
That would be such a help! The bus is so slow. Thank you very much.