Bereavement resources and organisations

Useful bereavement organisations and resources for parents and carers, siblings, family members, loved ones and professionals who need support or advice after a child or young person dies.

Care for the Family

This charity provides a Bereavement Support service to bereaved parents, siblings and young widows. Visit their website to find out more about what’s available, including support days and weekends, a telephone befriending service and helpful articles.

Child Bereavement UK

Child Bereavement UK supports families who have experienced the death of a child, as well as children who have lost someone important to them. Their website has a range of information and links to other resources, as well as an online forum. They also offer bereavement support and an information phone line.
Call on 0800 02 888 40 or email

Child Death Helpline

A free helpline for anyone who has been affected by the death of a child. The helpline is staffed by volunteers, who are all bereaved parents themselves.
Freephone 0800 282 986

Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse Bereavement Care provides support for those grieving for someone close who has died. They have a phone and email help service, websites for adults and young people, and local branches in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Freephone 0808 808 1677

Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland

Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland (CBCS) promotes the wellbeing of bereaved people in Scotland. They seek to help anyone experiencing bereavement to understand their grief and cope with their loss.
Call on 0845 600 2227

Grief Encounter

Grief Encounter is a leading UK bereavement charity, offering free, professional support to bereaved children, young people and their families. Their qualified team offer face-face and online therapeutic services, including grieftalk, their national, free helpline, open weekdays, 9am – 9pm which can be reached on 0808 802 0111 or via  They also offer best practice bereavement training and support to schools, professionals and organisations. Please visit their website for more information:

Hope Again

Hope Again is Cruse Bereavement Care’s website for young people. It is a safe place where young people can share experiences, learn how to cope with grief, and get advice for dealing with the loss of a loved one.
Freephone 0808 808 1677 or email

The Compassionate Friends

TCF offers many different kinds of support for bereaved families in the UK, including online support, a telephone helpline, resources and supportive events.
Call on 0345 123 2304 or 0288 77 88 016 in Northern Ireland, or email

Winston’s Wish

Helping children and young people after the death of a sibling or parent, Winston’s Wish offers a helpline for anyone supporting a grieving child, a community drop-in service, and information for parents, carers and professionals.
Freephone 08088 020 021 or email

Young Lives vs Cancer’s Parents and Carers Bereavement Facebook group

Our private Facebook group is open to all parents and carers, no matter how old your child was, or whether your child died very recently or in the past. The group provides positive support and shared experiences, along with helpful resources and opportunities to get involved with the important work we do.
Join the conversation

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