“We are saddened by the news of the death of Queen Elizabeth. For myself, I was deeply affected by the news, immediately reminded of the feelings I have experienced of my own close bereavement. A nation has lost its figurehead, but ultimately, a family has lost its Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother and more. This news, and the following events over the coming weeks, will no doubt affect many children and young people who are facing grief, but we will ensure we can offer support to those who need it, and advice and guidance to all. Our guides and information are free and accessible, and we encourage families, schools and institutions to seek support at this challenging time.”

Grief Encounter provide free, accessible support for grieving children, young people and their families. Please call our grieftalk helpline on 0808 802 0111 or email grieftalk@griefencounter.org.uk. You can also chat with us on www.griefencounter.org.uk. We are open 9am – 9pm weekdays, providing free, confidential advice, support and resources.

Resources and information, including our unique grief guides, on how to support young people and their families through bereavement, are available on our website, and specific guides relating to the death of Her Majesty the Queen are available.