Bereavement

Dealing with bereavement is always challenging and can be more so when children and young people are involved. This may be where a child or young person has died or supporting children and young people to understand and cope with bereavement. Below are some resources and services that should be useful at this time.

Bereavement leaflets

  • When someone close dies - This booklet was written to help children and young people understand and deal with some of the feelings and thoughts that often confuse them when someone close to them has died. It includes some questions that other children and young people have asked in the past and tries to answer some of these difficult questions in a way which will help you to understand what's going on.
  • Supporting bereaved children - These guidelines have been prepared for teachers and other adults who are supporting an individual or group of bereaved children but are also useful for parents and carers. They're not intended to make you into specialist grief counsellors but to help you address the practical questions you may be asked.

Useful Services

You can search our online directory for services that work locally around issues of bereavement. Below are some useful national organisations.

The Child Bereavement Charity (CBC) provides specialised support, information and training to all those affected when a baby or child dies, or when a child is bereaved.

Winston's Wish is a leading childhood bereavement charity and the largest provider of services to bereaved children, young people and their families in the UK

Cruse Bereavement Care promotes the well-being of bereaved people and enables anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. As well providing free care to all bereaved people, the charity also offers information, support and training services to those who are looking after them.

RD4U (road for you) is a website developed by Cruse Bereavement Care's Youth Involvement Project which aims to support young people, after the death of someone close to them.

Due to the overwhelming interest in this bereavement special, GFI has been made available as a one-off download, which can be accessed through the bbc website.

B.S.L.D (Bereavement Support for People with Learning Disabilities) is a multidisciplinary group based in North Staffordshire who developed a bereavement booklet and leaflets available through their website.

For more information and support locally please contact the Educational Psychology Service on 01904 554320.

Family Information Service

01904 554444

fis@york.gov.uk