Bereavement, Grief & Death

Losing someone you love or care about can be a huge shock and very painful to cope with.

Bereavement means losing someone through death, and it can be anyone important to you – one of your parents, grandparents, brothers or sisters, friends, partners, boyfriends or girlfriends.

After someone dies, it is common to mourn that person, and the feelings we experience can be called grief. Sometimes we don’t feel anything at all, a numbness – this is a normal reaction as well. There is no right way or wrong way to react.

Unfortunately, there is no magic wand to make the pain go away or make things go back to normal straight away, but there are many things you can do to help ease the pain or come to terms with your loss. Here are some:

National Services

Cruse Bereavement Care – There to help you no matter how long you’ve been grieving.

Hope Again – Hope Again is the youth website of Cruse Bereavement Support. It is a safe place to learn from other young people, how to cope with grief, and feel less alone.

NHS 111 – Bereavement Information and advice from the NHS.

The Mix – Lots of information for young people, including info on grief and bereavement.

Support After Suicide – Support for people bereaved or affected by suicide.

Drug Fam – Information and support about bereavement through drugs or alcohol.

riprap – Support for teenagers with parents diagnosed with cancer.

Blue Cross – Website and helpline to support with coping with the loss of a pet.

Help2MakeSense – Support and podcasts for children to help them deal with losing a loved one.

Winston’s Wish – Supports grieving children and young people after the death of someone important.

Let’s Talk About Loss – A safe space to talk through taboos and address the reality of losing someone close to you when you are young.

Meic – An advocacy and helpline service to support you with anything. Contact Meic daily from 8AM – Midnight on Freephone (080880 23456), Text (84001) or Instant Message.

Useful Apps

Apart Of Me – Game-like app featuring counselling techniques to help children to come to terms with their feelings through meditation, learning about different perspectives on what happens when we die, and exploring their emotions.

Grief: Support for Young People – Information about bereavement, coping with feelings, and finding support. There’s also a notepad section to jot down feelings.

Blogs and Guides

Ways To Deal With Losing Someone You Love – Head Above The Waves

My Dad Died When I Was At Uni – The Mix

A Guide To Coping With Grief – The Mix

Advice When Someone Dies – Hope Again

Griefcast (Podcast by Cariad Lloyd) – Spotify


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