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Children & Bereavement

Explaining the loss of a loved one to a child can be one of the hardest parts following a death. Often the person left to explain the loss is a parent or grandparent, who is already in a state of grief.

Whilst we try to help a family through this very difficult time, with so many different situations and personalities it is sometimes inappropriate for us to try and help with more complicated grief, and particularly with children who need to be able to come to terms with their loss in their own time and in their own way.

Books for children and teenagers

We have a small selection of books, listed below, which we can lend you, for age groups from the very young children to teenagers.

Links to useful websites

The following information includes links to organisations that can help. Your GP can also recommend local groups and counsellors and can make referrals to groups if required.

winstonWinston’s Wish

A charity for bereaved children, which helps young people re-adjust to life after the death of a parent or sibling.


cruseCruse Bereavement Care

Cruse Bereavement Care exists to promote the wellbeing of bereaved people and to enable anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss.


compassionateThe Compassionate Friends

An organisation of bereaved parents and their families offering understanding, support and encouragement to others after the death of a child or children.


child_berThe Child Bereavement Charity

Provides specialised support, information and training to all those affected when a baby or child dies, or when a child is bereaved.


cbnChildhood Bereavement Network

A national, multi-professional federation of organisations and individuals working with bereaved children and young people.


youngmindsYoung Minds

The national charity committed to improving the mental health of all children and young people.


ncbNational Children’s Bureau

A charitable organisation that acts as an umbrella body for organisations working with children and young people in England & Northern Ireland.