Child Bereavement UK was founded in September 1994 as The Child Bereavement Trust by Jenni Thomas OBE, rooted in her NHS experience, who worked with the charity for its first 15 years. The work of the charity was launched and established with Julia Samuel MBE as Founder Patron, at the Royal College of Nursing in the presence of Diana, Princess of Wales.

The charity is honoured to have the patronage of HRH The Duke of Cambridge.