Grief Encounter are a charity providing pioneering services and support to bereaved children, young people and their families.
Rebuilding a new life after the death of a loved one is hard for everyone, but especially for children and young people. Grief Encounter help families address a multitude of challenging issues following the death of a loved one, alleviating the hurt and confusion caused, whilst promoting healing.
One child in every classroom will experience the death of one or both parents, or a sibling before the age of 16.
Grief Encounter’s vision is that every bereaved child and their family in the UK receives the best quality information, advice and counselling to help alleviate the pain caused by grief.
”I was orphaned by the time I was 9 years old. Not only did I lose my parents, but I lost my home, my school, my role and my friends… however, to the outside world I appeared fine. The adults around me wanted to protect me from further pain, but if only we could have had conversations and removed the fears.”
Over the last 13 years, Grief Enocunter established a pioneering ‘Family Programme’ which includes one-to-one counselling, workshops, specialist resources, a bespoke ‘Grief Relief Kit’, residential camps and ‘Family Fun’ days. They now offer support to some 400 bereaved children and young people monthly, offering their unique services including an interactive website and e-counselling.
Bereavement is devastating at any age, but for a child it is truly unimaginable. They provide a completely free service and, without any government funding, rely solely on private donations to keep services accessible, supporting bereaved children and their families. The emotions experienced by a child are deeply confusing and the affects can be life altering and long lasting. Grief Encounter is instrumental in identifying and offering the means to navigate out of the abyss of grief.