Meet Jake, not his real name. Both of Jake’s parents became seriously ill by the time he was 12. He was placed in a care home 25 miles away. His mum died soon afterwards leaving Jake feeling lost and alone, far away and unable to look after his severely disabled dad.
Jake did what he could, but he felt helpless and anxious.
His dad died just before Jake’s 15th birthday. Jake felt confused, angry and abandoned and his behaviour suffered.
“I was struggling in school. My behaviour was getting worse.”
Jake’s school referred him to The Eikon Charity, and we chose a suitable mentor for him from the team. Jake finally had the support he needed to help him come to terms with the loss of his parents. He also joined a youth club run by Eikon where he made new friends.
“This is when I started to feel social after everything that had happened to me. My attitude in school changed for the better.”
Jake even invited some of his school friends along, who got help with their own challenges. Eikon supported Jake to become a Youth Leader, encouraging other young people to take part in activities.
When a child loses a parent, they feel waves of conflicting emotions. Grief effects everyone differently – anger, shock, panic, sadness, fear, guilt and loneliness are all common feelings. Christmas and birthdays can be particularly hard.
Children affected by trauma such as the death of a parent need somewhere to go, someone to talk to.
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