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Podcast helps bereaved children

Winston's Wish website for young people
The website tries to provide interactive ways for bereaved youngsters get help

A charity that supports bereaved children has created a podcast to help youngsters cope on Mother's Day.

Winston's Wish, which works with families across West Sussex, created the online service to give advice for those who have lost their mothers.

The charity said Mother's Day could be a distressing time for young people.

The recording features six youngsters, aged from nine to 16, talking about rebuilding their lives after their mothers died.

They remember past Mother's Days and explain how they celebrate it now.

We know that sharing coping strategies is something that bereaved young people find particularly useful
Brett Riches, Winston's Wish youth worker

Winston's Wish said that every 22 minutes a child in Britain lost a parent - 24,000 newly bereaved children every year.

Brett Riches, a youth worker at the Pulborough-based charity, said: "The key to the support we offer bereaved young people is showing them that they're not alone; that there are others out there who are feeling the same feelings, sharing similar experiences and asking the same questions.

"We know that sharing coping strategies is something that bereaved young people find particularly useful."

The young people's pages on the Winston's Wish website also provide interactive ways for bereaved young people to find answers to questions they might have since their parent died.

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