A group of young people

Comic aims to help young people deal with grief

A comic aimed at helping young people deal with grief and bereavement has been produced in a Scottish Universities Insight Institute funded project involving BRIG members Susan, Sally and Nina and colleagues at the University of Dundee.

The project involved children and young people who had experienced a bereavement, and who wanted to share their experiences to help others. The result was a 40-page publication titled When People Die: Stories From Young People, with images, stories and insights that arose from a series of workshops held at HMP & YOI Polmont and the charities Richmond’s Hope, Barnardo’s Scotland and Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS).

The intention of the year-long project was to help normalise and support conversations with children about death, bereavement and grief.  Comics are also a great way to reach a wide audience, and are an important medium for communicating difficult or sensitive messages. When words might be hard to find, an image can tell the story instead.  The comic aims to provide information and comfort to other children who have been bereaved, as well as being a resource for parents, carers and teachers of all children to help create discussion and dialogue.

An electronic copy of the comic can be downloaded here via this link 

A limited supply of print copies of the comic are available. Please email bri-group@strath.ac.uk if you would like to obtain a copy.