Useful links and resources

Below is a list of organisations and services that can help children, young people and families after the death of an important person.

Winston’s Wish

Winston’s Wish provides emotional and practical bereavement support to children, young people and those who care for them. Our expert teams offer one off and ongoing bereavement support and we also provide online resources, specialist publications and training for professionals.

Helpline: 08088 020 021 (8am-8pm, weekdays) | | live chat (8am-8pm, weekdays)

Bristol Bereavement Support Directory

Here you will find information about many of the organisations in Bristol that are able to provide support to people who have experienced, or who are preparing to experience, the death of someone important to them.

Child Bereavement UK

Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.

Helpline: 0800 02 888 40

Childhood Bereavement Network

The Childhood Bereavement Network (CBN) is a national, multi-professional federation of organisations and individuals working with bereaved children and young people.

Counselling Directory

Counselling Directory have developed a service that brings together all of the information needed to help connect people with the right counsellor or professional support for them.

Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse Bereavement Care exists to promote the well-being of bereaved people and to enable anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss.

Helpline: 0808 808 1677

Life Signs

The user-led voluntary organisation which raises awareness about self-injury and help people who rely on self-injury by providing a safe, friendly message board, ideas for distraction techniques and by inspiring / empowering them to find alternative, healthier coping mechanisms.

On My Mind – Self-Care

This is a really useful resource put together by Anna Freud – the National Centre for Children and Families. It contains a host of activities for families and children to look after their own mental health.

National Children’s Bureau

NCB is a charitable organisation that is dedicated to advancing the health and well-being of all children and young people across every aspect of their lives and providing them with a powerful and authoritative voice.


Visit the CBBC Newsround special on childhood bereavement.

PAPYRUS (Prevention of young suicide)

PAPYRUS is a voluntary UK organisation committed to the prevention of young suicide and the promotion of mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Hope Line UK: 0800 068 41 41 (for practical advice on suicide prevention)

The Mix

The Mix offers essential support for young people under 25 through an online community, social media, a free, confidential helpline and counselling service. Offers help for any challenge – from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs.

Helpline: 0808 808 4994

WAY Widowed and Young

WAY Widowed and Young is a national charity which offers a peer-to-peer support network to people across the UK who have been widowed before their 51st birthday.


YoungMinds is the national charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

Parents Helpline: 0808 802 5544