A statement from The National Association of Child Contact Centres.
The sanctity of family life is something that we hold very dearly at The National Association of Child Contact Centres. Today our thoughts, love, best wishes, and condolences are with the Royal family as they mourn the loss of a much-loved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II meant so much to so many people around the world and she offers us all an opportunity to learn from the example she set.
The passing of Queen Elizabeth II is something that will mean different things to different people but will be incredibly sad to all. She is the only Royal Head of State that many people have ever known and it is likely that this will feel a personal loss to many.
Grief is the price we pay for love.Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
We encourage you to be patient and look after your loved ones during this time. Be honest and engage in conversations with children, in a way that is developmentally appropriate. They will hear this news and may have many questions, the passing of Queen Elizabeth II may also be traumatic for children, particularly if this triggers memories of other bereavements.
It might be tempting to think that children are a little more removed from the emotions of the event. Our Service Development Manager was busy supporting children at ChildLine as the news broke and this instantly became the thing that young people were talking about.
We encourage you to be kind and patient during these difficult times. The following services provide a safe place for adults and children to explore their thoughts feelings and emotions.