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Lions launch new child bereavement resource

Crewkerne funeral director Tracey Warren from Stoodley & Son was among those invited to attend the launch of Life Changes 2, a new resource from the Lions Club aimed at funeral directors and those working with bereaved children and young people.

Life Changes 2 was launched by HRH Sophie, The Countess of Wessex who is the Lion's Patron at Portcullius House in London.

Their two publications Life Changes 1 – loss change and bereavement for 3-11 year olds, and Life Changes 2 – loss, change and bereavement for 11-16 year olds, have been developed following pieces of research undertaken by Dr Erica Brown working with Professor Jane Coad at the Children and Families Applied Research (CCFAR) at Coventry University.

The resources break new ground in helping teachers and professionals develop a proactive whole school and community approach to loss and change in children and young people's lives, and a reactive approach that gives guidance on how best to help children and young people when loss happens.

The majority of young people (as high as 90%) are reported to have experienced adverse life events and what they consider to be the loss of  a close or significant relationship, before the age of 16.

Life Changes 1 (£44.95) and Life Changes 2 (£59.95) are available from Lions MD 105 Lifeskills Ltd, 257 Alcester Road South, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 6DT (01204 435340, or email


From left: Bernie Hachipuka (Okehampton College), Jean Langmead ( Lions Club) and Tracey Warren (Stoodley & Son)

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