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grief guides

Grieving is different for everyone, every circumstance is unique and grief is a complicated emotion. Grief Encounter  have produced a range of Grief Guides that may help you navigate your grief, or those around you….


Bereavements in the News

Death in the media is very visible and can have a huge social impact. The way in which the public can mourn collectively was seen when the nation grieved for Diana Princess of Wales.

Tips and Advice to Survive Summer Holidays after Bereavement

While most children and young people cannot wait for the long school summer break, it can be a very different story if you are coping with the death of a parent or sibling. The summer holidays can be a challenging time for bereaved families

Trauma around death during the covid-19 pandemic

The Coronovirus pandemic has resulted in an increased need for bereavement support amongst children and young people. Bereavement during this time can increase feelings of loneliness and isolation, especially when sudden and unexpected.
young adults

A guide for young adults encountering grief

Experiencing the death of someone important to you is extremely painful and difficult. As a young adult, you may already be coping with a lot of stress in your life such as important exams or starting a new job.

Death in the Workplace

When a colleague or employee dies it can have a significant affect on individuals in the workplace. For many, the person who died is somebody that they may have spent a lot of time with.
grandparents & kids

Supporting a child through the death of a grandparent

The death of a grandparent is often a child’s first experience of death and means that they are not only managing the loss of that person but also the confusing and sometimes scary questions about death itself.

Emotional Responses to Grief

Children and young people may react in a number of ways to the death of someone close to them. Although there are generally recognised and agreed upon emotional responses to death, it is important to note that progression is not linear or based on time since death.

Preparing Children for Loss

Preparing children or young people for the death of a loved one is the hardest thing anyone will do. You will most likely be managing your own shock and distress, making these necessary conversations an even more daunting prospect.
Cultural differences

Religion & culture in death

Although death is universal, the expression of grief varies greatly between different cultures and religions. It is important to acknowledge how this shapes an individual’s perception and experience of death.
Death of a baby

Death of a Baby

The death of a baby can have a profound effect on the mental and physical health of parents, children and loved ones. Miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death and termination may result in feelings of hopelessness, guilt, anxiety, confusion, shock, anger and depression.

Sudden & Traumatic Death

It can be extremely distressing when somebody dies suddenly, given rise to feelings of anger, sadness and disbelief. In particular, feeling that you did not have the opportunity to say goodbye can be hard to accept.