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Grief Encounter is an LGBTQ+ inclusive organisation, we celebrate diversity in all its forms and that everyone we meet will be respected for who they are.


As an organisation committed to inclusivity, we uphold the rights of all individuals in a way that is fair for all, embraces everyone’s differences, and empowers and enables each person.

Not everyone who experiences the death of someone close is always afforded the same respect towards their grief and there are many groups whose grief may be marginalised. At Grief Encounter, we are proactive about making sure every child or young person feels they have the right for their grief to be acknowledged, respected and recognised and feels able to access the right bereavement services, at the time that is right for them.

Through times of grief, we deeply understand the profound influence of belonging to communities, and it is one of our core values that runs through all that we do, every day, at Grief Encounter. We honour diversity, heritage and the important bonds that nurture our sense of self and our collective contributions to provide hope, healing and fulfilling lives.

LGBTQ+ ally

We proudly support the rights and dignity of all lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning and ace (LGBTQ+) children and young people in the UK. Bereavement is devastating at any age, but for a child or young person it is life-changing. We are here to help alleviate the pain and confusion caused by the death of someone close in a way that is directly relevant to the individual.

If you need immediate support with your bereavement, please contact our confidential helpline, Grieftalk, on 0808 802 0111 9am-9pm, Mondays-Fridays. Our advisors offer confidential, emotional support and guidance and you will be able to talk openly about your feelings and how you are coping, with someone who really understands.

If you want to refer a child or young person, please click on the link below.

Make a referral


One child in every UK classroom will experience the death of someone close by the time they reach 16 years old.

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The grieftalk helpline received over 11,000 enquiries in 2021/22

55% increase

55% increase in children and young people referred for further Grief Encounter support in 2021/22


429 professionals trained in best practice bereavement support for their schools/clients/ organisations in 2021/22