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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.


Meet the team and find out more about our services

Grief Encounter South West

Support Grief Encounter South West

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.

Tom Smith with Rosie & Clara

Tom Smith's Story

“I cannot thank Grief Encounter South West enough for all of their support after my wife Laura died of cancer leaving me with two young daughters. At that time, mine and the children’s worlds were crumbling around us. Rosie, my eldest, had a year of therapy, the sessions not only supported Rosie, but allowed me to spend time talking to other families in similar positions, allowing me a safe space to discuss my fears and worries too. Rosie is doing great, she is now able to stand up in class and hold conversations around bereavement and discuss happy memories about her mummy.”

Tom plays in the Gloucestershire County Cricket Team, his wife died of cancer leaving him with two very young daughters

Trek the Bristol Three Peaks

Trek the Bristol Three Peaks challenge, a 16.5 mile circular walk through the gorgeous countryside. This is not an organised event, pick a date and time to suit you and/or your group and make those steps count, we are here to support you along the way

Grief Encounter South West wins an Award

Grief Encounter South West won an Airbus Community Award, at a virtual awards ceremony on 19th November, they were among 10 local charities to share £20,000

the great bristol run

The Great Bristol run is back to the city’s streets this September for an action packed weekend of running. Please sign up and run for Grief Encounter. The 10k and half marathon events will take place on the same day, along with the junior event


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

Children In Need Support Grief Encounter

02 Sep 2021
Grief Encounter is thrilled to have been awarded funding from BBC Children in Need with a three-year grant to provide 1-1 counselling sessions and a residential trip

Grief encounter’s launches latest fundraising initiative the STEP-TEMBER CHALLENGE

17 Aug 2021
Grief Encounter is proud to announce its latest fundraising initiative for you to get involved in. This September, we’re taking steps to make a difference, and letting our feet do the talking with the brand new fundraising challenge - Step-tember!

Awards Shortlist for Grief Encounter

13 Aug 2021
Grief Encounter are thrilled to announce that their hugely successful ‘Forget-Me-Not Walk’ has been shortlisted in the Third Sector Awards 2021