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When someone dies Overhanging boy

When someone you love – a person or a pet – dies, it can be heartbreaking and confusing and you will feel sad, that's okay.

When you are very sad, sometimes you can feel overwhelmed and like you cannot cope. It is important that you have people around you and that everyone who wants to talk about how they are feeling is able to talk to someone they trust.

Sometimes our own family does not seem ready or able to listen – especially if they are very sad too. There will be someone you trust who is able to listen to how you feel. This could be a teacher, a school nurse, a friend or a family member.

It’s normal to feel worried

It is normal when you lose someone special to feel worried that you might lose other people too.

What has happened can’t be changed, but the way you think about it can, and over time you will feel better.

Family and friends matter

When you are feeling sad after a loss, it can be a good idea to keep life as normal as possible, like going to school and clubs, even if you don’t feel like it. This sense of routine can help you feel less alone.

For more information on coping when someone dies, contact Winston’s Wish.

You may also want to ring Childline on 0800 1111 if you feel that you have no one you can trust to speak to.

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If you are not feeling better, it is good to talk to people that you trust about this – they can help you.
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Page last reviewed: 10-11-2021

Next review due: 10-11-2024