The BBC has produced a documentary featuring former Manchester United and England footballer Rio Ferdinand, who lost his wife to breast cancer in 2015. The programme, called “Being Mum and Dad”, looks in depth at the emotional as well as practical difficulties bereaved parents face after the death of a partner or spouse.

The programme is an effort at helping bereaved parents so that they feel they can come forward and seek help, perhaps more so fathers who are finding it hard to transition into primary carer roles and are unsure about who they can turn to. It also explores the kind of support children need when they lose a parent.

You can watch the documentary tonight on BBC 1 at 9pm.

We are also adding some organisations who help families, parents and children cope with the loss of a family member:

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