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, Northern Health and Social Care Trust and NHS Wales.
When someone dies
This is a support booklet by the Northern Health and Social Care Trust for family, carers and health professionals who are supporting someone with a learning disability through a bereavement.
A support booklet
This Northern Health and Social Care Trust resource is for family, carers and health professionals who are supporting someone with a learning disability through a bereavement.
Resources from Change and Macmillan
Change and Macmillan have made the following easy read guides on going 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.