The loss of a loved one is hard for anyone but for children and young people it can be overwhelming.  There are a number of support offers for children and young people who have experienced loss or who will face loss because someone close to them is dying.

Child specific services:

CHUMS  CHUMS Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Service offers support to children and young people with mild to moderate mental health difficulties, such as anxiety and low mood, as well as those with significant emotional wellbeing difficulties arising from life events, such as bereavement and bullying.

Kooth is a free mental health provider who offers support online and through an app.  They support a wide range of mental health needs including bereavement.

Stars offer counsellors, in Cambridgeshire, and can help by listening and encouraging young people to express their painful emotions through creative play and work.

Winston’s Wish  provide support for bereaved children

FREE app for children and young people:

Apart of Me is a free app that has been designed by grief experts and young people who have had a similar experience. It is a magical, peaceful world populated by friendly creatures and a wise guide. The game is designed to help cope with the death of a loved one. Based on psychological research, the app provides a safe virtual space featuring games and quests that teach self-care strategies and help reduce the sense of isolation.

General Advice and Support: 

Bereavement Advice Centre offer a free helpline for topic advice after a death

The Compassionate Friends offer bereavement support

Cruse Bereavement Care provide bereavement support

JBCS (Jewish Bereavement Counselling Service) support for bereaved Jewish families

National Association of Widows support bereaved widowed men and women

SANDS support after a stillbirth or neonatal death

SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide) can help by offering support to those bereaved by suicide

Support after baby loss

Sudden Death Association help people after a sudden death.

WAY (Widowed & Young) support for young widowed men and women


Additional Resources:

Young Minds  have resources for parent carers to use with children and young people.

ELSA has a wide range of resources including books and support activities.

Care for the Family have tips and hints to help at this difficult time.