Individual support

We support young people up to the age of 25 when someone important to them has died or is not expected to live. 

We offer free, confidential bereavement support for individuals, couples and families, by telephone, video or instant messenger, wherever you live in the UK. We also offer face-to-face support from a number of locations. Click here for more information.

Groups for young people

Child Bereavement UK runs facilitated groups for young people between the ages of 11 and 25 to meet others who have also experienced the death of someone important in their life. We meet regularly for social activities and to work on projects to create resources that will help other bereaved young people. Sessions are free to attend. We are currently running groups via Zoom - call or email to find out more.

What happens at the group?

It is not a ‘sitting around talking’ group and it’s not ‘counselling’ – it’s a group of like-minded people meeting up and doing something positive to help others based on our own experiences. There are no expectations of you when you join the group. You don’t have to talk about anything you don’t want to, and participation is always voluntary – you get what you want from it. At the start of the project we talk about issues we would like to address. Then we plan how the project will be developed. In the past, we have designed and developed digital resources, including short films aimed at parents, teachers, friends and other bereaved young people (about what is and is not helpful). The charity organises technical support, such as filming equipment and iPads, to help us make these digital resources. The group takes the lead, with facilitation and support where needed from Child Bereavement UK’s staff and volunteers from the charity’s bereavement support service.

See a pottery project done by one of our groups

Here are some tips our young people gave to bereaved parent and former captain of the England football team Rio Ferdinand that were featured in the BBC1 documentary ‘Being Mum and Dad’:

How to join us

Want to know if there is a group in your area and if the group might help you? Then get in touch and we’ll be happy to have a chat.