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How we help

Grief at any age can be a bewildering and isolating experience. And, although grief is very much a natural response to loss and not an illness, it can – if unsupported – escalate into something more serious.

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Families in Grief (FiG) understands this. We support children, young people and their families who have experienced the death of someone close to them. And, together, we’ll come up with the most appropriate support for you and your family.

The support we provide is free of charge, non-judgmental and inclusive.  We support children and young people up to the age of 25.   Our direct support can include:

  • 1:1 visits at school, FiG Office or other community settings to build a relationship with the young person and their adult carer(s)
  • Group programmes (lasting 4-6 weeks) which bring groups of bereaved young people together to explore their grief through carefully designed activities (separate groups are delivered for children and teenagers and we always deliver a parallel group for the parents/carers in their lives)
  • Activity days (such as surfing, climbing, bush-craft, walking and talking sessions) and art/writing workshops to enable the exploration of grief through participation in a creative or physical activity
  • 1:1 sessions for bereaved older teenagers or for those families needing more bespoke support
  • Small group drop-ins for bereaved families to facilitate longer term connections
  • Specific groups and tailored support (e.g for families who have experienced a baby death, death through suicide/trauma, road traffic accident)

Looking for support?

If you are a parent or carer needing help and support for your children, please call us on 01271 447960 (Mon – Fri) or email [email protected]. We will then come back to you as soon as we can.

Please read our free, downloadable Guide for Parents and Carers.

Support for Children

All children and young people need information, reassurance, and to know that they can trust you.  Be open to their questions, and offer reassurance and support when needed. This can be daunting and difficult to navigate and so do please remember to contact us here at Families in Grief if you need extra support.

Support for children

Support for Young People

Families in Grief can help young people to understand and cope with their grief. So if you are a teenager who’s grieving there are lots of ways we can help – from activity days, drop-ins at school/college through to one to one support or joining in one of our young people’s groups to meet others your age in the same position as you.

Support for young people

Support for Parents

Children cope best with bereavement when they have events explained to them honestly, in language appropriate to their age and with understanding. You may need help or support to do this. Your child will also need support following the news.

Support for Parents