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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 Peaks

Trek the Bristol Peaks challenge, up to 16.5 miles 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

Hansel & Gretel Festive Show

This Christmas, wrap up warm & experience Bristol's most unique event. As darkness falls, follow Hansel & Gretel through the magical illuminated woodland of Arnos Vale Cemetery, where not everything is as it seems. In partnership Grief Encounter South West

Go Purple this November

Join schools across the UK and organise a Go Purple Day during Children's Grief Awareness Week - 18th-25th November 2021. Contact our team to help you plan your day


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

Tim on track to hit his Target

14 Oct 2021
On the 14th October, BBC Radio Norfolk’s Stephen Bumfrey caught up with Tim Williams, our legendary fundraiser who is currently taking 6 months out to trek the coast, litter picking as he goes, in aid of Grief Encounter

London Marathon Team race to beat their Personal Bests

11 Oct 2021
On the 11th October, 7 runners travelled to the London Marathon, taking part in person on the gruelling 26.2 mile course

Joe Bellman launches podcast whilst raising funds for Grief Encounter

13 Sep 2021
Joe Bellman launched a podcast about grief after his mum Michelle lost an 11-year battle with cancer, and is now raising money for Grief Encounter selling merchandise to honour her energy and legacy