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One child in every UK classroom will experience the death of someone close by the time they reach 16 years old. Grief Encounter is here to help with the confusion, fear, loneliness and pain, providing a lifeline to children and young people to cope with free, immediate, one-to-one support.

support us

We need your help more than ever this year, to ensure we are able to continue offering support to even more bereaved children and young people, who need us through these challenging times.


Myles' Story

“My dad had a heart attack, I carried on going to school and then everything started to change. I started to develop a stutter and I would wake-up crying, having nightmares and night terrors. Grief Encounter helps pretty much everyone feel better about themselves; I know it helped me find my voice again.”

Myles was 6 when his daddy died, now a member of the Grief Encounter choir, he proudly sang with Katherine Jenkins

Annual Review 2019/20

Over the last year, Grief Encounter has moved to online services, with e-counselling and has extended the national helpline offering. Click through to read more

The Forget-me-not walk

On Sunday 21st March 2021, walk with your family in memory of a loved one and raise funds for bereaved children, young people and their families across the UK

Clay Pigeon Day

Bring along business clients, colleagues and friends and join us on the Holland & Holland Estate in Northwood for an active day out


One to one counselling is a vital part of the support we offer you. We understand the importance a private place to work through grief, whatever your age

grief guides

Grief Encounter have produced a range of Grief Guides that may help you, or those around you, navigate your grief, covering all kinds of subjects that often hard to comprehend at difficult times

grieftalk helpline

You can call the grieftalk freephone helpline weekdays from 9am to 9pm. The trained staff will offer you bereavement support. Or chat to us via our confidential web-chat service

Latest news stories

Founder, Shelley Gilbert MBE, is interviewed on Talk RADIO

30 Jan 2021
Shelley Gilbert MBE was interviewed on Early Breakfast with Darryl Morris, talking about the UK COVID death toll rising over 100,000.

Trauma Specialist Stacey Hart interviewed on BBC 5 Live Drive

26 Jan 2021
Grief Encounter's training and trauma specialist talks to Anna Foster on BBC 5 Live Drive, about grieving during the pandemic. Stacey gives advise and help to those having to deal with the complicated emotions surrounding death

Grief Encounter Volunteer wins Good Morning Britain’s ‘Volunteer of The Year’ Award 2020

17 Dec 2020
We are thrilled to announce that Renu Dewan, Volunteer co-ordinator for Grief Encounter, has won Volunteer of the Year Award 2020 at ITV Good Morning Britain's 1 Million Minutes Awards