Who do I ask and how?

Who you ask for help depends on who you trust or who you feel comfortable to approach. You may want to find a time when you and this person can have space and time together, away from others.

What kinds of help are available to me?

  • Apps, Websites and Forums
  • Support from teachers, schools pastoral team
  • Groups for young people
  • Individual of family bereavement support or counselling

If you would like to talk to someone about help and support contact us on 0800 02 888 40 or email us. Your call or email will be confidential.

Even though I appeared old enough to cope I felt really helpless.



- Megan, 21, whose best friend died

Child Bereavement UK has been a great help to me and I have to thank them for all the help they have given me.
My dad’s death still upsets me and I miss him every day but Child Bereavement UK have helped be come to terms with everything.
Now I’m using my loss to help others understand what bereaved teenagers go through.



- Amber, whose Dad died when she was 17

It is very important to be safe when you are online.


App

The app has been created by a group of bereaved young people working directly with Child Bereavement UK.

It has been developed for 11-25-year-olds who have been bereaved of someone important to them. It can also be used by friends, teachers, parents, and professionals who would like to know how to support bereaved young people.

The app has information about:

  • bereavement
  • grief
  • feelings
  • how others can help

It includes a built-in notepad so you can write down how you are feeling and also links to Child Bereavement UK’s website where you can use search facilities to find other support organisations near you.

It includes stories from bereaved young people as well as short films that they have written and made. The app aims to help bereaved young people feel less alone and to encourage others in how to support them.

   


Game

Get Apart of Me on your phone.


Sibling support

Made by siblings for siblings, this website helps you cope with the death of your brother or sister: http://www.siblingsupport.co.uk/


Individual support

Find a Child Bereavement UK support service near you.


Groups

What is the Young People’s Advisory Group?

Child Bereavement UK runs Young People's Advisory Groups for bereaved young people to get together and meet others who have also experienced the death of someone important in their life. We meet regularly to work on projects to create resources that will help other bereaved young people. Sessions are free to attend. You just need to have access to transport to and from the group and be aged 11-25. The groups take place after school in the evenings, between October – May. We currently have Young People’s Advisory Groups in Buckinghamshire, CheshireCumbria, Glasgow, Milton KeynesNewham East London and Queens Park West London.

What happens at the group?

It is not a ‘sitting around talking’ group and it’s not ‘counselling’ – it’s a group of like-minded people meeting up and doing something positive to help others based on our own experiences. There are no expectations of you when you join the group. You don’t have to talk about anything you don’t want to, and participation is always voluntary – you get what you want from it. At the start of the project we talk about issues we would like to address. Then we plan how the project will be developed. In the past, we have designed and developed digital resources, including short films aimed at parents, teachers, friends and other bereaved young people (about what is and is not helpful). The charity organises technical support, such as filming equipment and iPads, to help us make these digital resources. The group takes the lead, with facilitation and support where needed from Child Bereavement UK’s Youth Worker and other staff and volunteers from the charity’s bereavement support service.

Click HERE to see a pottery project done by the Milton Keynes group.

Here are some tips our young people gave to bereaved parent and former captain of the England football team Rio Ferdinand that were featured in the BBC1 documentary ‘Being Mum and Dad’ –

How to join us

Want to know if there is a group in your area and if the Young People’s Advisory Group is for you? Then get in touch and we’ll be happy to have a chat.

[email protected]

0800 02 888 40