Children's Grief Awareness Week 2019 (15-21 November) is a chance to come together to show support for bereaved children across the UK. Organisations will be showing solidarity with grieving children, young people and their families in their community; raising awareness of their needs and how to help; and fundraising for their service.

Sometimes children tell us that they can’t describe how they feel. Sometimes adults tell us they can’t either. And sometimes when people don’t know what to say to someone who is grieving, they don’t say or do anything at all. We know that sometimes that can make things feel worse. #LostforWords

The theme of this year is #LostforWords, with the aim of helping children and adults to navigate grief when they, or those around them, feel lost for words. Sometimes children tell us that they can’t describe how they feel. Sometimes adults tell us they can’t either. And sometimes when people don’t know what to say to someone who is grieving, they don’t say or do anything at all. We know that sometimes that can make things feel worse.

The Week will finish with Children’s Grief Awareness Day on 21 November, a global day designed to help us all become more aware of the needs of grieving children — and of the benefits they obtain through the support of others. 

Lost for Words

#LostForWords is a new e-book created by Ben Brooks-Dutton with the Life Matters task force – a coalition of charities calling for better support for bereaved families.

The free to download e-book is made up of advice and insights from children bereaved from infancy to teenage years, including some young people supported by Child Bereavement UK. The e-book includes words and emojis to express how they feel and to help others understand what bereavement is like for the younger generation and how we can help.

Click on the book cover below to download a free copy: 

Support and Information

For confidential support, information and guidance around bereavement our helpline team is available to take calls and respond to emails 9 am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday.

Films that may help

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Building resilience in a bereaved child

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Parenting bereaved children

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