LEADING childhood bereavement charity Winston’s Wish is celebrating after being awarded a “good” Plain English Award for three of their publications, including military title The family has been informed.

This prestigious award recognises those who have made an effort to present themselves using clear and concise English in their documents.

Jennie Eley at The Plain English Awards said: “The family has been informed has been written to help parents and professionals deal with the aftermath of a death and it is written in a clear, unambiguous language and style.

“Although dealing with an emotive subject, the guide is straightforward, factual and doesn’t shy away from the awkward questions and situations that carers of bereaved children may have to deal with.

“This publication has been recommended to us by professionals who use the material in the course of their work and also Help for Heroes who funded the publication.”

Winston’s Wish supports families in the Armed Forces through a specialist child bereavement programme in partnership with Help for Heroes.

Their military publication aims to complement the efforts of parents, carers, teachers and other professionals as well as offer practical ideas and support.

It provides an overview of the process and experiences involved, providing an insight for relatives, friends and schools who might be less familiar with the unique challenges that military families face.

It also suggests activities to help families make sense of what has happened and explore ways to cope and move forward.

Winston’s Wish offers a full package of support, highlighting the specialist requirements of those bereaved through conflict, to provide reassurance to the surviving family members, and the wider military community.

To find out more about Winston’s Wish, visit www.winstonswish.org.uk

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