Cornwall

Comfort box for bereaved youngsters

Image caption The matchbox-sized boxes contain photos, poems and other items

Teenagers helped by a Cornish bereavement charity have designed a box containing photos, poems and other tools to help others deal with grief.

The Comfort Box has been created by young people, who are supported by Penhaligon's Friends.

The teenagers said they wanted to show other youngsters that was acceptable to cry and laugh when dealing with the loss of someone close.

The box is the same size as a large packet of matches.

Conrwall-based Penhaligon's Friends supports bereaved children, young people, parents and carers throughout the county.

It offers children and young people the chance to meet others and share their experiences.

Becky Thomas from Penhaligon's Friends said: "They really are tiny boxes of comfort.

"They have got luggage tags with different comfortable feelings and lovely messages that make you feel like you are not alone. They can add bits to boxes themselves."

Bereaved youngsters are referred to the charity by schools and social services in Cornwall.

The charity also works with local theatre groups to help youngsters deal with their grief through practical exercises.

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