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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.

children's grief awareness week 18th - 25th November 2021

To celebrate the launch of the seventh Children’s Grief Awareness Week (CGAW), Founder and Lifetime President of leading UK bereavement charity, Grief Encounter, has released ‘Grief Book’, an award-winning activity book for bereaved children and young people.

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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

the Newly launched Memory Wall

The Memory Wall is a virtual place to post a picture, add some words & light a candle in the memory of someone special that has died. A new innovative way to donate and help a bereaved child & young person

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


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

ITV Good Morning Britain’s 1 Million Minutes

25 Nov 2021
Grief Encounter is proud to announce their fourth year in partnership with ITV Good Morning Britain’s 1 Million Minutes campaign, working to end loneliness and isolation in the UK through the power of volunteering.

Children’s Grief Awareness Week 2021

17 Nov 2021
Dr Shelley Gilbert MBE Celebrates the Launch of ‘Grief Book’ this Children’s Grief Awareness Week ‘21

More Zoooooom – Less Zoom…

15 Oct 2021
Grief Encounter put's the Fun in Fundraising. For the first time, 17 teams went go karting at Rye House Karting, the very same track that Lewis Hamilton trained on, to raise vital funds for Grief Encounter