Penhaligon's Friends is a childhood bereavement charity based in Cornwall.
Over 100 children and young people are bereaved of a father or mother in the UK every day.
We provide pre and post bereavement support to children and young people throughout Cornwall. This includes (subject to COVID restrictions) home visits, telephone support, teens groups, family groups and regular Memory Days. In the year April 2018 to April 2019 the charity supported 875 children and young people.
Along with a team of dedicated and experienced staff we have an equally dedicated and experienced team of over 70 volunteers who all undergo a thorough training programme.
Our charity also supports professionals across a range of clinical, educational and social settings, delivers training in Childhood Loss and Bereavement and established the multi-agency Cornwall Bereavement Network.
Books are regularly used in our work with the children and young people, they cover topics such as feelings, explaining illness, talking about funerals, helping to explain suicide, and much more. Some of the titles we use are: "The Invisible String", "Someone has died suddenly", "Muddles, Puddles and Sunshine", "When Dinosaurs Die" and "Waterbugs and Dragonflies". These books are often essential tools for us to send out to families in their time of need, a gentle way of introducing the subject and explaining what has happened.