Everyone experiences loss and breavement differently and copes in their own way. A child or young person might feel sad, scared, shocked, angry, or even feel nothing at all; these are all normal emotions, there is no right way to feel. Sometimes, a child or young person might need to speak to a trained professional about how they’re feeling. Within this section you’ll find information, advice and guidance to help you support a child or young person.
Information, advice and guidance on supporting bereaved children and young people, families and professionals.
When someone dies, there’s no right or wrong way to feel. Everyone experiences loss or bereavement differently. But children and young people don’t have to cope alone.
Is the youth website of Cruse Bereavement Care. It is a safe place where children and young people can learn from other young people, how to cope with grief, and feel less alone.
When a child loses someone close to them, it’s natural to feel sad, depressed, worried or angry. Everyone reacts in their own way. If they’re finding it hard to cope, YoungMinds can help them find support.
Support children and young people up to the age of 25 who are facing bereavement.
Mel Maxwell’s comforting book helps children deal with their grief after the loss of a loved one.
Kooth is a FREE, safe anonymous online counselling and support service for children and young people. Kooth can offer confidential 1 to 1 online counselling, self help resources, peer to peer forums and interesting articles written by young people for young people.
If you have experienced persistant or overwhelming feelings of unhappiness, and you have tried other emotional health and wellbeing/mental health strategies and services which haven’t worked for you, you may need to consult First Point of Contact to make a referral into Open Minds (CAMHS) who provide FREE specialist mental health support for children and young people.
Noah’s Ark Centre offers a safe and confidential space to talk freely and openly to someone who is not a family member or a friend.
Rainbows is a structured programme for children who are experiencing loss such as death or divorce in their family. The Rainbows programme helps by providing a safe setting with adult facilitators and materials, storybooks, games and creative activities to help lead them gently through the grieving process.
Childline offers FREE confidential support over the telephone or online with a 1-1 councillor. No problem is too big or small.
The WY&H HCP Grief and Loss Service offers FREE information and advice to anyone struggling with feelings of loss, whether as a result of bereavement or other loss such as loss of a way of life, normal contact opportunities, social and work interactions.
Grief Encounter is here to help with the confusion, fear, loneliness and pain, providing a lifeline to children and young people to cope with FREE, immediate, one-to-one support.
Samaritans offer a FREE safe space for you to talk any time you like in your own way about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal.