Children may need special support both before and after the death of a relative or someone close to them. They may need counselling before a loved one dies and our hospice offers pre-bereavement care for families and patients close to the end of life to help.

Pre-bereavement counselling is the child’s opportunity to discuss, think and talk about worries and fears, as well as feelings and emotions they want to share.

After a bereavement, it may help a child to share their thoughts and feelings about the person who has died. Regardless of whether they were a friend, sibling, parent or grandparent – talking helps. Activities such as using photos, playing with memory boxes and other tools can help children navigate bereavement. We have developed some workbooks that may help, click on the image below to access them.

Whether or not the deceased was under the care of the hospice, please contact us directly on 01323 434257 for support and advice. 

There are numerous charities which provide helpline support, email or online chat and message boards for children. We have listed a few below:

Child Bereavement UK  

0800 028 8840
[email protected]

Hope Again

0808 808 1677
[email protected]

Winston's Wish 

0808 802 0021

If you're referring a child or young person please use our specialist form here