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Childhood Bereavment

Writing your will might not be top of your list of things to do right now, especially with all the costs involved in raising little people, but it is part of being a parent! It is estimated that 153 million children worldwide are orphans, therefore making a will, it’s just another part of being a parent. It is imperative that you have a will in place if you have children to ensure they have a guardian.

How many parents die each year, leaving dependent children?

We estimate that in 2015, 23,600 parents died in the UK, leaving dependent children (23,200 in 2014). That’s one parent every 22 minutes.

How many children and young people are bereaved?

78% of 11-16 year olds said that they had been bereaved of a close relative or friend. Bereavement in children and young people is more frequent than many people think.

How many children in the current population have been bereaved of a parent?

4.7% or around 1 in 20 young people will have experienced the death of one or both of their parents by the age of 16!

How many children are bereaved of a parent each year?

We estimate that in 2015, these parents left behind around 41,000 dependent children aged 0-17 (40,000 in 2014). That’s 112 newly bereaved children every day.

How many children in the population have been bereaved of a parent/sibling?

Around 3.5% of 5-16 year olds had lost a parent or sibling. That is around 1 in 29 (or roughly one per classroom) This is equivalent to around 309,000 school age children across the UK.

Moreover, as mortality rates have fallen, we hope that the rates of bereaved children have also fallen.

Are some groups more likely to be bereaved?

Mortality rates can be affected by social class and geographical location, so it follows that children living in more deprived areas are more likely to be bereaved.

Also, some groups of children may be more likely to experience particular kinds of bereavement e.g. mortality rates in disabled young people with health needs are higher than the general population, so young people attending special school are probably more likely to be bereaved of a friend than their peers in mainstream schools etc.

How Wise Owl Wills Can Help

Wise Owl Wills provides a smart, online will writing services start at just £35.99 including VAT for a single will, and only £47.99 including VAT for a 2-person mirror will. This means that when writing your will, you and your other half can create a mirror will with the same wishes as one another which will be effective when choosing a guardian to look after your children.

Also, solicitors can be pretty expensive, so using our online will making kit is a much more cost-effective way of securing a legal document to protect your assets and possessions for the future. So you don’t have to worry about cutting short on money that can be used on your children and Wise Owl Wills works on any device too, including your phone, so you can make a start anytime you want for your complete convenience.

So what are you waiting for? With our cost of writing a Wise Owl will at such a fantastically low rate, and such a simple process too, it’s clear to see it’s the wise decision in doing a will online. It is a cost-effective and secure way to secure your children’s future with a Wise Owl will.

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