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How we help

We help families feel better and less alone in their grief.

We are a childhood bereavement service and we offer support to children, young people and their families who have experienced the death of someone close to them. Anyone can make a referral to us, and after making contact we will talk to the parent or carer about their needs and together decide on the best plan for support.

We understand that every bereaved family is individual and we will join them wherever they are on their journey through grief.

We offer support to both bereaved families and to teaching staff and professionals living in North Devon and the Torridge area.  For a good overview of what we do, take a look at our Annual Family Service Report 2021-2022.

Annual Family Service Report 2021-2022

We can offer you the following kinds of support if you are a bereaved family:

  • Support over the phone for parents/carers, sending out relevant resources or signposting to other services that can help.
  • A support group lasting six weekly sessions for children aged 5-11 and running alongside this a support group for their parent/carer.
  • A support group for seven weekly sessions called Teens in Grief for young people aged 12-18 and running alongside this is a support group for their parent/carer.

Before taking part in a group, we will visit you at home to meet you and your children and to talk through what happens at the group so you can meet some friendly faces.

Please note that unfortunately we don’t offer PRE-bereavement support.

We can offer you the following kinds of support if you are a member of a school community or professional looking for help for a bereaved child or young person:

  • Support/coaching over the phone or via a video call to teaching staff or professionals including advice about strategies to adopt or suggestions about resources or practical activities. All support is tailored to the child’s needs.
  • Bereavement training

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

Here are Families in Grief we can help you to understand and cope with your grief, and if you decide to join our support group for young people, then you will also meet others who are in the same position as you.

Support for young people

Support for Schools or Professionals

On average, one child in every classroom is bereaved of a parent (one in every 29 children). This doesn’t include children who might experience the death of a wider family member or close family friend and others who may experience the death of another child or teacher at their school.

Support for Professionals

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