Bereavement in children

Grief can express itself in many different ways, often with very powerful, frightening and confusing feelings. Each person within a family will grieve in their own particular way and at their own pace. Children and young people who have lost a loved one can be particularly vulnerable and while family and friends will be a major support for many families, some people might want additional support. Below is a list of organisations that can help you and your family to navigate.

  • Child Bereavement UK supports children and young people (up to age 25), parents, and families to rebuild their lives when a child grieves.
  • The Laura Centre offers bereavement counselling to anyone affected by the death (or anticipated death) of a child and for any child or young person up to the age of 25 who is affected by the death (or anticipated death) of a parent or carer.
  • Guy’s Gift provides support for bereaved children and young people aged between 5 and 25 and based in Coventry and Warwickshire. The aim of the service is to help children and young people through the grieving process in a safe, supportive and educational environment by increasing their knowledge, awareness and understanding of death and the grieving process, promoting open communication in the family and with peers and by providing coping strategies.
  • Freddie’s Wish provides a support service for grieving parents in Coventry and Warwickshire. The support service will be held on the first Thursday and third Tuesday of each month at Long Lawford and Boughton Leigh Children and Family Centres in Rugby.
  • Winston’s Wish provides support for children and young people have experienced the death of a loved one to help them come to terms with their loss. Parents and carers can call the national helpline 0808 802 0021 for advice on how to support a grieving child. There is also an email and online chat service for further advice.
  • Assist Trauma Care provides therapeutic help to adults and children, individuals and families, affected by a wide range of traumatic occurrences. Based at a central clinic in Rugby, ASSIST therapists use evidence-based models to help sufferers rebuild their lives and move on following a traumatic experience that has impacted them.
  • Warwickshire’s Family Information Service (FIS) brokerage service can offer one to one support for families with children up to the age of 25 and support them to access appropriate services where there are barriers, or they have complex needs. For more information, email fisbrokerage@warwickshire.gov.uk or via FIS helpline 01926 742274.