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Featured widely in both local and national media, Dr Shelley Gilbert MBE is often asked for comment when a bereavement issue arises in the press.

The charity itself has also been featured on national television and within press in conjunction with our patrons and celebrity friends, who offer loyal support when being interviewed.

If you are a member of the press and would like comment from, or information about Grief Encounter, please contact us on 0208 371 8455 or e-mail us at


Press Highlights

Martin Lewis on BBC Radio 5 Live of the Year

mlewis Grief Encounter Ambassador Martin Lewis speaks about grief in a very powerful and poignant interview on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Listen here (2 hrs 21 mins in)






Al Murray talks about Grief Encounter in Tatler

Al Murray talks about Grief Encounter in Tatler




Martin Lewis in the Daily Star - January 2017

martin-lewisRead an exclusive interview with our wonderful patron Martin Lewis in the Daily Star, raising grief awareness and opening up about his experience as a child.



Dr Shelley Gilbert on BBC, ITV, The Daily Express

Funeral-693144Whilst promoting the issue of mental health, Prince Harry has commented that he regrets not opening up about the death of his mother, Princess Diana, when he was a child.

The prince commented, “It is OK to suffer, but as long as you talk about it. It is not a weakness. Weakness is having a problem and not recognising it and not solving that problem.”


Dr Shelley Gilbert MBE, founder of leading UK bereavement charity Grief Encounter comments, “We are absolutely overjoyed that Prince Harry, for the first time, has been vocal about regretting his inability to talk about the death of his mother in his childhood. Not least because by him being open about this subject, he is giving bereaved children a mission to talk more openly about grief to friends, family, peers and carers. It’s not only about children ‘opening up’ and talking, but also about adults taking responsibility for listening. Hearing those thoughts and feelings are a major part of helping the grieving process, and allowing children to make sense of their grief. There are so many ways we can encourage children to talk about their grief, and at Grief Encounter to create opportunities for them to grieve in positive ways, in a safe and controlled environment.”

Shelley has commented on BBC Radio 5 Live, ITV News and LBC


Claire Richman in The Telegraph - June 2016


Our Communications Executive Claire spoke to The Telegraph about losing her Mum at the same age as Jo Cox’s son in a very open and moving article. Read the full article here

Like Jo Cox's son, I was 5 when my mum died. I miss her every day

When I was told my mother Jacqueline had died, a month before my sixth birthday, I had no idea what that word meant. Myself, my twin brother and eight-year-old sister had been shielded from the fact she was terminally ill with a vicious breast cancer that had spread to her bones; we knew that she was unwell, but the prospect of losing her could never have entered our minds.

Ben Brooks Dutton on BBC2 - June 2016

Ben Brooks Dutton speaks on BBC2 about how to speak to children and tell them that a parent has died - (watch from 1:47:30)


Dr Shelley Gilbert MBE gives a TEDx Talk

Watch Dr Shelley Gilbert MBE, Founder and CEO of Grief Encounter TEDxWarwick talk entitled ‘How to Lose Friends and Empty a Room’.

Dr Shelley Gilbert in The Mirror - March 2016

JS489766549 ways to help children understand death and grief, explained by Dr Shelley Gilbert MBE

One in 29 UK children will suffer the death of a parent - and our approach isn't always that healthy.

Click here to read more


Claire Richman in The Mirror - March 2016

Claire-and-mum"I lost my mum to cancer when I was 5 years old and every Mother's Day is a reminder of how much I miss her."

Claire Richman talks about her experience of losing her Mum and the impact that it has had on her.

Please click here to read the full article.

Dr Shelley Gilbert MBE on Granada TV - December 2015

Dr Shelley Gilbert MBE comments on coping with grief.

Channel 5 News - Jeff Brazier - November 2015

Sky News - Ben Brooks-Dutton - November 2015

"People want to think kids are very resilient and to brush their grief under the imaginary carpet, but we have to understand children do grieve and that they grieve differently to us and it can take a lot of time for that to show."

"Grief Encounter were able to recognise his (Jackson's) anger and talk to him about it through age appropriate therapeutic services."

The Telegraph - November 2015

How to help children cope with the death of a parent

Among many of the heartbreaking stories emerging from Paris are those of the children who have lost a parent in the atrocities which left 129 people dead.

While the bereaved husband of a young woman killed wrote an open letter to her killers, vowing that the love he and their baby son had would mean they were stronger than any army, for many children the loss of a parent can have far-reaching and often devastating consequences in later life.

Especially, if they are old enough to process what has happened.  'When a parent dies suddenly, the first reaction in a child is usually numbness and shock,’ says Shelley Gilbert, a psychotherapist and founder of Grief Encounter, a charity which provides help to bereaved children and is today launching Children’s Grief Awareness Week.

"In England, there are currently 261,000 bereaved 5-16 year olds and for every classroom of 29 kids, one will have lost a parent, brother or sister"

For the full article, please click here


The Sun - November 2015

Grief doesn’t have to limit kids’ lives, says Jeff Brazier on raising sons

Tragic Jade Goody’s ex on their children’s heartache

jeff - the SunTomorrow marks the end of the UK’s first ever Childhood Grief Awareness Week.

More than 24,000 parents die every year, leaving dependent children behind.

That means one in 29 children under the age of 16 will experience the devastating loss of a mother or father.

My sons Bobby and Freddie lost their mum Jade in 2009 when they were just five and four respectively.

Nothing as a parent can ever prepare you for the journey of guiding young children through grief, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past six years, it’s that there’s no “one size fits all” answer.

For the full article, please click here

The Huffington Post - November 2015

Talking Openly About Children's Grief by Benjamin Brooks-Dutton

As human beings, we're not really programmed to think clearly about death - especially not our own. Our brains can't really deal with it. At almost the same moment our subconscious minds begin to consider death, our conscious minds push the thoughts away. This makes empathy for those who have lost someone they love really quite difficult to muster.

Take the recent attacks in Paris, for example. We may grieve collectively for a short time (unless of course we have been directly affected by the terror) but we are quite quickly able to see the light and seize the day once again. A 'carpe diem' spirit often kicks in, telling us how important it is to make the most of the time we still have.

This, of course, is entirely natural and healthy. I often think about how excruciating life would be if we were able to feel true empathy every time we encountered another person's pain. In the Sue Monk Kidd novel The Secret Life of Bees, the character May Boatwright is indeed supersensitive to the agony of others and eventually this kills her. And how many of us could have carry on in this world if our emotions weren't designed to allow us to put distance between ourselves and the suffering of others?

Sometimes, however, we really must take a moment to consider what it would be like to walk in another person's shoes. Treading blindly in ours alone makes it impossible for society to come together and address issues that may one day impact us all.

When my wife was killed my son had just turned two. For the three years that followed I often worried about how he would fit in at school. What would the other children say when they found out his mum had died? How would the teachers handle his loss? What would it be like to be the 'odd one out'? How would anyone know how to handle him? Would I ever have to have that awkward conversation with a parent about how my child had upset theirs by talking about the most inevitable part of life: death?

I was fortunate enough to be able to begin to find answers to these questions through a number of child bereavement services that I found (and those that found me) soon after my wife's death. When no one else had the answers - often because no one I knew had ever even considered the questions before - these all-too-invisible charities did.

Organisations including Grief EncounterWinston's Wish and Child Bereavement UK are often hushed by the taboo of death and their lack of government funding. Surely we don't have to engage in conversation about child bereavement because kids so rarely lose a parent, right?

Wrong. One in 29 children the in the UK under 16 years old will in fact suffer the death of a parent. To put that into context, that's one child in every average-sized classroom in the country.

Bereavement is devastating at any age, but for a child it is beyond tragic and truly unimaginable. The emotions experienced by a child are deeply confusing and the affects can be life-altering and long-lasting. In fact, a Scandinavian study of seven million people revealed that people who lose a parent during childhood are 50% more likely to die young.

Today marks the beginning of the UK's first annual Children's Grief Awareness Week. Leading bereavement charity, Grief Encounter, in association with Childhood Bereavement Network and Highmark Caring Place, has launched the initiative, which runs from 19-25 November 2015.

The awareness week has been designed to highlight the vulnerability of bereaved children and young people in our society, and to engage more people in difficult but vital conversation.


For the full article, please click here

Good Morning Britain - Kevin Wells - October 2015

Kevin Wells talks on Good Morning Britain about Grief Encounter.

Good Morning Britain - Jeff Brazier - July 2015

Jeff Brazier talking to Kate Garraway regarding our services and Charity Challenge

“You have to manage your grief, but no-one gives you a piece of paper with a number on it. We wouldn't be where we are right now without Grief Encounter.”

Reveal Magazine - July 2015


Jade Goody's sons mark 'mummy's day' every month, says Jeff Brazier

Jeff Brazier has revealed his sons remember their late mother Jade Goody on a special 'Mummy Day' on the 15th of every month.

Big Brother star Jade was just 27 years old when she died from cervical cancer in 2009, leaving behind sons Bobby, then five, and Freddie, then three.

Her former partner Jeff has raised them as a single father.

Read more here

Now Magazine - July 2015

Jeff Brazier reveals the moving way his boys remember Jade Goody every month.

Six years after Jade Goody’s death, Jeff Brazier ensures that their sons keep her memory alive.

For the full article, click here

Daily Mail Online - July 2015

'That's mummy day': Jeff Brazier reveals he and his two sons dedicate one day a month to celebrating Jade Goody's life six years on from her death

Read the full article here

Hello Magazine - July 2015

Jeff Brazier reveals he celebrates Jade Goody's life once a month with their sons 

Jeff Brazier has revealed how he is keeping Jade Goody's memory alive in the minds of their boys, Bobby, 12, and Freddie, 11. The family celebrate Jade's life once a month, setting aside one day to focus on the late reality TV star.

Jade lost her battle with cancer six years ago, in March 2009, but her former partner and father of her children is making sure that she is always present in their lives.

Jeff Brazier has revealed how he and his two sons remember Jade Goody every month

"On the 15th of each month that's 'mummy day'," the This Morning presenter said onGood Morning Britain.


"[They are doing] incredibly well which is a lot to do with the charity [Grief Encounter] and a lot to do with the things we do on a regular basis such as talking about their mum."

For the full article, click here

The Huffington Post - July 2015

My Son, The Hero by Jeff Brazier

I've always known there is something very special about Freddy. His school life has been littered with incidents that suggest he is by no means perfect in conformity but I've never stopped believing in what I could see was a rough diamond just waiting to sparkle.
Freddy has had regular counselling provided by Grief Encounter over the last six years, you could see that it was important to him and for having that outlet it gave him the ability to be really truthful about how he felt, something that we all struggle with at times. There are no secrets with Freddy he can always tell me how he feels, that makes things so much easier when the communication is open and honest so no assumptions need be made.

For the full article, click here


David Gilbert carries the London Olympic Torch - July 2012

David Gilbert carries the Olympic Torch for Grief Encounter at the London Olympics 2012.

Shelley Gilbert wins Daily Mail Inspirational Woman

Watch Shelley Gilbert win Daily Mail Inspirational Woman of the Year!