BEREAVEMENT Resources & Signposting

Losing someone important to you is one of the hardest things to experience in life. If you're young, bereavement can be even more difficult. But support and advice are available to help you get through it. Your teenage years can be a lot of fun, but they are also often an emotional time. If someone close to you dies, it can be incredibly hard. Your world may feel as though it has crashed around you. It can make you feel very alone, especially as a young person, because you might find that none of your friends has gone through anything similar and won't understand or know what to say.

Grieving is a natural part of recovering from a bereavement, and everyone's experience of grief is different. There are no rules about what we should feel, and for how long.

But many people find they feel a mixture of the following:


•shock, particularly if the death was unexpected

•relief, if the death followed a long period of illness

•guilt and regret



•despair and helplessness


These feelings may be very intense, particularly in the early days and weeks. Time eventually helps these intense emotions subside, and there's no need to feel guilty about starting to feel better. It doesn't mean you're not respecting the person's memory or forgetting about them.

There are several things that can help you start to feel better. Looking after your health and talking to someone will help you get through this difficult time.

HOPE AGAIN - Young People Living After Loss: Hope Again is Cruse Bereavement Care's website for young people. Hope Again can offer a safe, youth friendly space where young people can work through their grief in their own time and own way accompanied by a trained and experienced volunteer who will work individually with the young person over a period of 6-8 weekly sessions.

Some people find that talking about what's happened, or how they're feeling, is helpful, even though it can be really hard. Hope Again is another place where you can talk about your grief.  When you send a message by clicking the 'Talk To Us' button on the homepage a young person will personally reply to you, and the messages and stories you send will be monitored by young people.

If you are an adult and would like some advice please contact us on:

If you are a young person and want to talk to someone directly, call the FREE phone helpline on 0808 808 1677 (Monday-Friday, 9:30am - 5:00pm).

CRUSE BEREAVEMENT CARE: A national charity for bereaved people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Offering support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies and work to enhance society’s care of bereaved people.

Cruse offers face-to-face, telephone, email and website support; as well as a freephone national helpline and local services. Services are provided by our network of 5,000 trained volunteers and are confidential and free. Cruse also provides training for external organisations and for those who may encounter bereaved people in the course of their work

Get support: 0121 687 8010   General Enquiries:0121 687 8011


CHILDLINE WHEN SOMEONE DIES: There's no right or wrong way you should feel. Everyone experiences bereavement (the loss that people feel) differently. But you don’t have to cope on your own.



Voice box, Childline’s weekly video chat, looks at coping with loss. Niki and Sammy talk about how to cope when someone dies.