01539 628 311 / cumbria[email protected]

Child Bereavement UKFamily Support Service, The Bridge71 Wordsworth StreetPenrith Cumbria CA11 7QY

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Support sessions

In Cumbria, Child Bereavement UK offers face-to-face support for individuals or couples, where a baby or child has died. We also offer bereavement support to children and young people, up to the age of 25, including their families, as appropriate.

We are able to support families who are facing bereavement, where a child of any age is not expected to live and where children and young people are facing the bereavement of anyone significant in their lives.

All support sessions are offered peripatetically across Cumbria, at locations closest to the family’s home, such as schools or community centres. Home visits can also be arranged. All sessions are by appointment.

  • Support may be offered on an individual basis to parents, or as a couple.
  • We can provide support to a family group and we can see children or young people separately.
  • We can also offer parents and carers support to help them in parenting a bereaved child or young person.

Groups for families

We offer family support days throughout the year, allowing bereaved children aged 4 – 12 years and their parents/carers to come together, supported by a team of trained bereavement support workers and volunteers, to share their experiences. Children can express their feelings through play and creative activities such as felt making, drawing and stories, while parents and carers get a chance to talk with other parents.

The sessions cover themes such as:

  • Memories
  • Who is there for you
  • Coping with different feelings
  • Going forward

The group days are run by Child Bereavement UK support practitioners, who all have professional experience in working with children and families. They are supported by a team of trained volunteers. Families tell us that attending these groups has helped them to feel less isolated in their bereavement.

Groups for young people

We also offer a young peoples' group: a group for bereaved young people to get together and meet others who have also experienced the death of someone important in their life.  We meet regularly to work on projects to create resources that will help other bereaved young people.

Telephone support sessions

If accessing face to face support is difficult for you, our National Telephone Support Team can provide booked telephone support sessions.  For more information see Booked Telephone Support or call our freephone Helpline 0800 02 888 40 (Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm)

Support for professionals

We can support the work that teachers and other professionals are undertaking with bereaved children or young people, through advice, resources or bereavement awareness sessions.

Supporting schools

Professionals in schools have a unique role in helping grieving children and young people, as children spend a significant amount of time in school. We can offer support and training to school staff supporting bereaved students. We also run an awareness programme for primary schools called the Elephant’s Tea Party.

Contact us

Enquiries are welcome directly from families. We also welcome referrals from other agencies if a family has agreed to have their contact details passed on to us. Please get in touch to find out more about what we can offer.

Tel: 01539 628 311
Email: [email protected]

Child Bereavement UK
Family Support Service
The Bridge
71 Wordsworth Street
Cumbria CA11 7QY

This service has been kindly supported by BBC Children in NeedGarfield Weston FoundationFrieda Scott Charitable Trust and Barnardo’s.

Our bereavement support practitioners are fully trained and adhere to national safeguarding legislation, and all our services provide a safe environment for families and young people to receive support.