Five thoughts for kids grieving like me

For Children's Grief Awareness Week we're hearing from nine year old Tyler, who lost his beloved grandma this year. Tyler shares some of his own advice to help anyone who is facing bereavement, whatever their age.

Tyler (left) with his brother, Hayden

Here are five pieces of advice I would give a person if they were grieving:

1. It is okay to cry. Get it all out, express yourself as much as you can. At this stage that is the best you can do.

2. Talk - as hard as it is, keep talking. If you can't talk, draw pictures or show some notes on the topic.

3. Don't close yourself off, let everyone around you love you.

4. Keep laughing, playing and enjoying life as that is exactly what your loved one would want you to do.

5. And the most important advice I would give someone if they were grieving is when you think about your loved one DO NOT remember them for their illness, but remember them in their good days. 

Find out more about supporting a young person through grief when someone dies, or if you want to talk to someone, you can call the Marie Curie Support Line on 0800 090 2309*. It's open 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 11am to 5pm Saturday, or you can use our Marie Curie Community  .  

*Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones. Your call may be recorded for quality and training purposes.