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Support for families

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.

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 sessions at school, the FiG office or other community setting 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, forest school, 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)

Make a referral

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.

You may also find our free downloadable resource helpful:

Guide for parents and carers of bereaved children and young people