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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

Go Purple this november

Join schools across the UK and organise a Go Purple Day during Children's Grief Awareness Week - 18th-25th November 2021. Contact our team to help you plan your day

TCS london marathon 2022

Inspired by this year's marathon runners? Well this is your chance to take part too, get training and challenge yourself to run the well trodden route, while raising funds for bereaved children and young people

In celebration

Birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and other special events, are a fun way for you to raise funds so that Grief Encounter can help even more bereaved children and families


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

Tim on track to hit his Target

14 Oct 2021
On the 14th October, BBC Radio Norfolk’s Stephen Bumfrey caught up with Tim Williams, our legendary fundraiser who is currently taking 6 months out to trek the coast, litter picking as he goes, in aid of Grief Encounter

London Marathon Team race to beat their Personal Bests

11 Oct 2021
On the 11th October, 7 runners travelled to the London Marathon, taking part in person on the gruelling 26.2 mile course

Joe Bellman launches podcast whilst raising funds for Grief Encounter

13 Sep 2021
Joe Bellman launched a podcast about grief after his mum Michelle lost an 11-year battle with cancer, and is now raising money for Grief Encounter selling merchandise to honour her energy and legacy