Information for parents

How children and young people grieve

We hope that the information we give will support you, your family and friends after the death of a loved one. Everything in this section of our website is based on our own experience of working with bereaved children, young people and their families - but above all, reflects all that we have learned from those bereaved. We have produced some guidelines called 'Talking to children after someone has died' which can be downloaded here.

After the death of a loved one, adults around them are concerned about how to tell a child what has happened, what to expect of their child and how to support them at a time when they are also grieving. Grief is a normal response to a death and although it changes life for ever, most people are able to move forward with their lives whilst also remembering the person who has died.

Not all bereaved children will need specialist help. What they do need is the understanding and support of the adults around them. In many ways this support is similar to that which you would extend to any vulnerable child or young person, but it may also help to bear in mind the following tips when you are helping a bereaved child who is learning to live in a world in which someone they love has died.

If you are struggling, please remember that you can call us on 01865 744768 to talk about what is happening for you and your children.

Grief in different ages and stages of development

Resources for downloading