Child Bereavement UK's short animated film 'Puddle Jumping' aims to help adults understand how grieving children can seem to move in and out of their grief, a bit like they’re jumping in and out of a puddle.
Imagine a puddle full of sad feelings; a child may jump into this puddle when someone important to them has died. But children can’t cope with sad feelings for too long, so eventually they need to jump out and do something that distracts them, like playing with their friends or going to the park.
We hope this film will reassure those supporting bereaved children that puddle jumping is normal and means a child is learning to cope with their grief.
Child Bereavement has also created a Ukrainian version of 'Puddle Jumping' as part of a range of films and resources in Ukrainian to support refugee families and those who work with them.
Child Bereavement UK helps families to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. We support children and young people (up to the age of 25) when someone important to them has died or is not expected to live, and parents and the wider family when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying. We provide training to professionals in health and social care, education, and the voluntary and corporate sectors, equipping them to provide the best possible care to bereaved families.
We align with the following UN Sustainable Development Goals: