Dealing with a loss can be hard for us all.
It may be especially hard to explain to a person with a learning disability that a friend or family member has passed away.
Everyone's level of understanding can be different but if you're concerned about how to explain a death to someone with a learning disability, here are some simple online resources which you may find helpful.
The following guides have been created by the HSC Bereavement Network, Inclusion Communication Essex and Scope.
When someone dies
This is a support booklet by the HSC Bereavement Network for family, carers and health professionals who are supporting someone with a learning disability through a bereavement.
Resources from Macmillan
Macmillan have also published the following easy read guides on attending a funeral and how to grieve for someone who has passed away.
Other ways to get the support you need
Contact the Learning Disability Helpline, our advice and support line, for guidance and information about what support we can offer you at this difficult time.
Or why not take a look at our online community? This is a place for parents, family and carers of people with a learning disability to share experiences, advice and support.
Celebrate their life
In order to help with grief it can be a good idea to do something positive to remember a loved one and celebrate their life.
Find out more on how you can celebrate your loved one’s life and support Mencap at the same time.