Image of lit candles lighting up a room

Bereavement Resources

Child Bereavement UK

Has services tailored to young people, including information on…

  • The path of grief
  • How to cope with your feelings
  • What helps to move forward
  • A useful links page
  • Helpline: 0800 02 888 40

Child Bereavement UK Support Sessions

Stratford, 107-109 The Grove London, E15 1HP

  • Face-to-face support for bereaved young people up to 25 years old
  • Services are free and offered by train support practitioners
  • Groups for young people aged 11-25 and drop-in services
  • More information on:
  • COVID-19: we are continuing to offer free, confidential bereavement support by telephone, video or instant messenger. We are offering face-to-face support in limited locations with COVID-19 safety measures in place.

Cruse Bereavement Care

Offer general information about grief and bereavement

Grief Encounter

Supports bereaved children and young people

  • Helpline from Mon-Fri 9am-9pm 0808 802 0111
  • Online confidential chat with professionals

The Loss Foundation

Is a UK charity dedicated to providing bereavement support following the loss of a loved one to cancer.


Supportive online community-if you’re struggling to cope you can find support, share tips and experiences and chat to others that are in the same position to you


A free, safe and anonymous online support for young people

  • A chatting support service Open from Monday-Friday 12pm-10pm and Saturday-Sunday 6pm-10pm
  • Must make an account to access the website but the username can be anonymous
  • Link:

Young Minds

An organisation dedicated to helping improve the mental health of children and young people.


Organisation set up if you need someone to talk to. It is a free and confidential service.

Muslim Bereavement Support Service (Ilford)

  • Provide individual or group support for Muslim community in times of grief
  • Contact us via our telephone service and we will arrange for you to talk to one of our support specialists, either on the phone or face to face at an appropriate community venue.
  • Contact us via email:
  • Tel: 020 3468 7333

Eden’s Trust (Hackney, Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge, Wanstead, North east London)

Support for bereaved parents, siblings, and families

City and East London Bereavement Service (Tower Hamlets, Newham, Waltham Forest, City)

Offer individual counselling both short and long term to those who have suffered a bereavement

  • Alpha Grove Community Centre, The corner of Alpha Grove and Malabar St, London, E14 8LH
  • Tel: 02030225177

When People Die: Stories From Young People

  • A child’s grief by Julie Stokes, Katrina Alilovic, and Heidi Baker—recommended by Winston’s Wish
  • As big as it gets By Diana Crossley and Di Stubbs—recommended by Winston’s Wish
  • Never too young to grieve recommended by Winston’s Wish
    • For children under 5 years old
  • You just don’t understand recommended by Winston’s Wish
    • For teenagers
  • Still Here with me: Teenagers and Children on Losing a Parent by Suzanne Sjoqvist—recommended by

Child Bereavement UK

Bereavement by sudden death can bring additional layers of shock, horror, or disbelief. Please find some useful links that provide additional advice and support for bereavement by suicide and other types of sudden deaths.

Child Bereavement UK has sections specifically for bereavement by sudden death including suicide

More book recommendations…

Grief support for young people (in association with Child Bereavement UK)

  • Developed for 11-25-year old
  • Has information on… bereavement, feelings, grief, how others can help, and writings made by other young be
  • A part of me: A quest into loss and love (in association with Child Bereavement UK)
    • Designed to help you cope with the death of a loved one and provides safe place to grieve where young people can find support strength, and wisdom from others
  • Available in UK from IOS App Store and on Google Play


British Heart Foundation

Woodside bereavement service

Winston’s wish video stories

Support After Suicide

Winston’s Wish is a member of the Suicide Bereavement Support Partnership

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide: have a webpage dedicated to tips and advice on supporting children and young people

Sue Ryder: “How do I support a bereaved child?”


Understanding Childhood has sections on helping parents and children cope when someone dies:

Winston’s Wish

Mission Health
A parent’s guide to talking to your kids about death (with sections for children of all ages)

Childhood Bereavement Network
This system helps you find the services nearest to you:

American Academy of Pediatrics

Cruse Bereavement Care: Has a webpage dedicated to advice and information on how to help a child or young person

NHS has a page dedicated to children and bereavement with information to help if your child has lost a loved one or if a loved one is dying

Young Minds: an organization dedicated to helping improve the mental health of children and young people

Child Mind Institute has a page called “Helping Children Deal with Grief”

Marie Curie : organization dedicated to end of life care

Dying Matters: Coalition of individual and organizational members across England and Wales which aim to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement.

Winston’s Wish: Official webpage for school support

Child Bereavement UK

For primary schools:

Cruse Bereavement Care :

  • Offers various sections of advice for dealing with death and grief in a school environment

Massachusetts General Hospital: Online toolkit to help educators support children of parents with serious illnesses (online PDF)

Anna Freud: Mentally healthy schools

Sesame Street: educational video for helping kids grieve:

NHS online guide: “A whole school approach to supporting loss and bereavement”

Childline Toolbox: website paged filled with games and activities to help children articulate how they are feeling