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Support for Teens

“Before I felt alone, my friends didn’t talk to me about my Dad. I know I’m not the only one now, and I’ve made friends at the TiG (Teens in Grief) group” Emily, aged 13, whose Dad died.

Teenage years are great, but they can be difficult too.  You go through so many changes – physical changes, emotional ups and downs, exams, friendships – and all these things can make life feel out of control and overwhelming at times.  When you experience the death of someone close to you it can feel particularly hard to deal with with many conflicting thoughts and feelings.

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Families in Grief helps teenagers to understand and cope with their grief in the following ways:

Support for young people at secondary school (Age 11-16)
  • 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.
  • 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 needing more bespoke support.

For this age group, peer to peer support is so helpful and many make lifelong friends. The parents/carers of the young people can also have their own support group in a room nearby.

If you are a bereaved young person who could do with some support (but are nervous about it) this short clip from Meg, aged 17. may help: 


We have also created a free, downloadable Guide for Teens. Take a look here.

Read Jake’s experience of grief.

Read Jake’s story




If you are the parent of a young person you may find find our free downloadable  guide helpful

Guide for parents and carers of bereaved children and young people

Support for teenagers at sixth form (age 16 and 17) and beyond (up to 25 years)

In addition to the above support programmes, we provide drop-in sessions for this age group, as we have found over the years that older teens tend to prefer a more casual approach to receiving support.

Currently we offer drop-in sessions at Petroc college, Barnstaple and at Bideford College.