On Thursday 8th September 2022, Buckingham Palace announced the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Queen Elizabeth II was the UK’s longest-serving monarch and died at Balmoral aged 96, after reigning for 70 years.
It’s tradition for a printed statement to be placed on the gates of Buckingham Palace. The official statement said she died peacefully.
Lot’s of people around the world have found this news deeply upsetting, worrying, and overwhelming. It’s important to know that it’s absolutely okay to have those feelings.
If you would like some help with managing those feelings, here are some tips.
Talk to a trusted adult
If you’re feeling upset by the news, it helps to share your troubles with a trusted adult. Talking about what has upset you is important and can help relieve the feelings you’re having.
Distract yourself by doing something you love
It helps to try and take your mind off things by doing something you really enjoy doing. Try reading one of your favourite books, going for a bike ride, or perhaps draw a picture of something that makes you happy.
Focussing on activities you love doing in times when you’re upset can help you feel better about the situation.
Remember that it’s normal to feel this way
Many adults will be experiencing the same feelings that you’re feeling, and it’s a natural reaction to upsetting news.
It can be comforting to remember that you’re not the only person feeling upset, and that you’re not going through these emotions alone.