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Children’s Grief Awareness Week

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 25th November 2015.

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The final item of business is a members’ business debate on motion S4M-14730, in the name of Gil Paterson, on children’s grief awareness week.

Motion debated,

That the Parliament notes that 19 to 25 November 2015 is Children’s Grief Awareness Week; understands that bereavement can be a complex and difficult period for children when they lose a relative or friend; recognises that Children’s Grief Awareness Week is being organised by the charity, Grief Encounter, to raise awareness of how the charity can make opportunities for families to grieve and to raise funding to continue its work in this field; understands that the charity will run fundraising and awareness exercises all week, commencing with a commemorative candle ceremony; understands that the Scottish Cot Death Trust provides a wide range of support for bereaved families and educates the public and professionals about cot death and how to reduce the risks; further understands that, as part of its campaign to provide information and awareness, the Scottish Cot Death Trust has created, printed and published two books titled, Andrew’s Rainbow and Rory’s Star, which are targeted at children, parents, relatives and teachers to help provide a starting point for difficult conversations in a gentle and child-centred way, and notes the view that the work by all charities involved in this area should be publically acknowledged and commended and the advice and support that they provide should be more readily available to everyone who works, engages with or has children that have been affected by bereavement.