A CHILDREN’S charity has warned that the death of the Queen may have a particular impact on young people – especially those who have suffered grief and loss of their own.

Childline says that many children and young people have contacted the charity’s councillors since the death of Her Majesty on September 8 at the age of 96.

The charity is now asking adults to offer help to children affected by the Queen’s death and to encourage them to share their feelings.

Shaun Friel, Childline director, said: “It is not surprising that the death of Her Majesty The Queen has brought up different feelings for children and young people.

“When big world events take place such as this, we often see them being raised by children in Childline counselling sessions.

“Those that have turned to our counsellors have talked about a range of things including sadness about her death, questions about loss and grief, and for some young people, the Queen’s death has reminded them about a bereavement they have experienced in their own lives which will feel very difficult for them.

“Others have highlighted that it feels like another piece of very overwhelming news at the moment.

“Death is a very natural and inevitable part of life, but its also a very overwhelming topic for children to process and understand.

“It is important that children know there is someone they can talk to if they are feeling worried or upset.

“Remind them that there are trusted adults who can listen to them and that they can always contact Childline for free, confidential support and advice.”

Childline says it’s important for parents and carers to let children know that you’re there to listen to them and remind them that sharing how they feel can really help.

Equally, give them space if they want to be alone to process how they are feeling The charity says ways of children expressing their thoughts about a loved one who has died can include writing a letter to the person or keeping a diary of how they’re feeling.

Childline can be contacted on 0800 1111 or at childline.org.uk.

The Queen was the charity’s patron for more than 60 years; the role is now held by the Countess of Wessex.