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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.

children's grief awareness week 18th - 25th November 2021

To celebrate the launch of the seventh Children’s Grief Awareness Week (CGAW), Founder and Lifetime President of leading UK bereavement charity, Grief Encounter, has released ‘Grief Book’, an award-winning activity book for bereaved children and young people.

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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

the great bristol run

The Great Bristol run is an action packed South West running event. you can run a half marathon, 10k, or a Family Run. Applications for 2022 are now open. Why not register your interest and run for Grief Encounter South West

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

ITV Good Morning Britain’s 1 Million Minutes

25 Nov 2021
Grief Encounter is proud to announce their fourth year in partnership with ITV Good Morning Britain’s 1 Million Minutes campaign, working to end loneliness and isolation in the UK through the power of volunteering.

Children’s Grief Awareness Week 2021

17 Nov 2021
Dr Shelley Gilbert MBE Celebrates the Launch of ‘Grief Book’ this Children’s Grief Awareness Week ‘21

More Zoooooom – Less Zoom…

15 Oct 2021
Grief Encounter put's the Fun in Fundraising. For the first time, 17 teams went go karting at Rye House Karting, the very same track that Lewis Hamilton trained on, to raise vital funds for Grief Encounter