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Looking for support?

If you are seeking help for your bereaved child or looking for support for a grieving family you are working with, you have come to the right place.

Please read this page thoroughly and then download and complete our Referral Form. Then return by secure email (Egress if possible) to [email protected].  We will aim to be in contact within two to four weeks from receipt of the completed referral form.

Download Referral Form

If you prefer to speak with one of the Families in Grief team before submitting a referral, please call 01271 447960.  We are open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday and 9am to 12 noon on Fridays.

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We welcome contact from all families and professionals – you do not need to go through a GP or other professional to receive our help. If you are a professional seeking support for a child, please do ensure you have the parent/carer’s consent before getting in touch.

We provide support to children, young people (up to the age of 25) and their parents/carers who have experienced the death of someone close to them and who are based in the North Devon and Torridge area.  We have experienced staff and volunteers, who have been trained in bereavement support. Many of our volunteers work as teachers, nurses or social workers alongside their volunteering role with FiG.

Many of our staff and volunteers are drawn to this work as they have experienced a significant bereavement in their own lives. We will be alongside you to listen, and to offer advice or resources where appropriate.  We are friendly and welcoming and will ensure that all conversations are treated in the strictest confidence. The support we provide is free of charge to families.

Once we receive the completed form, one of our Family Support Officers will be in touch to discuss your needs and gain a greater understanding of the situation.  We will then talk you through the type of support we can provide and what the most suitable next steps might be.

Please bear in mind..

Although many of our staff and volunteers do have a background in clinical counselling, FiG focuses more on providing bereavement support.  If we feel, when talking to you, that your family has more complex needs or mental illness at a greater level than we are trained for, we will talk to you about other services that can help.