Children experience loss and grief in many difference circumstances. The sadness they feel, how the absence of a parent or loved one from their lives affects them, may be experienced in many different ways over time.
These resources are particularly relevant for service providers or those working or studying in areas related to the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents. They bring together a range of information on how children may experience grief at different ages and stages and what can be done to help them.
Children who have lost someone close to them experience grief over the days and months, and to a lesser degree, the years that follow.
Childrens Grief: Jennys Story
NSW Institute of Psychiatry (NSWIOP)
The resource discusses the experience and impact of grief on young childre
What do we tell the children? When someone dies.
Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council, SA
A brochure designed for workers and families and covers the responses to grief of children from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.
Supporting a Bereaved Child or Young Person. A Guide for Professionals
Winstons Wish, UK
This resource offers information for professionals who may come into contact with a young person who is bereaved.
Skylight articles on grief
A list of downloadable resources on grief and loss in children and adolescents. Helpful for parents and professionals working in this area.
Literature Review on Bereavement and Bereavement Care
Joanna Briggs Institute, UK, 2006A literature review on bereavement and bereavement care. Includes chapters on childhood bereavement, bereavement in families and bereavement interventions.
After someone dies: A leaflet about death, bereavement and grief for young people
Cruse Bereavement Care, UK
A short booklet designed for young people who have recently experienced a loss.
DVD's and books on child and teen grief
Childhood Bereavement Network, UKLink to a number of DVD's and books that are available to use with children and teenagers who are bereaved.
Australian Centre for Grief and BereavementAn independent, not for profit organisation that provides grief and bereavement support. Also provides support for professionals working in the areas of grief and bereavement.
Bereavement Care Centre
New South Wales
An organisation that provides comprehensive and accessible counselling and support services for terminally ill people and their families and for adults and children recently bereaved. Also provides training and resources for professionals.
National Centre for Childhood Grief: "A Friend's Place"
A specialist centre in childhood bereavement. Provides services for children, young people and their families. Also provides education and training services to professionals.
National Association for Loss and Grief (NALAG)
An organisation that aims to facilitate and improve the community's awareness to loss and grief issues and increase the capacity to effectively respond to loss and grief including bereavement.
Anglicare Loss and Grief Star Bear Program
A program for children aged 5 - 16 years who are grieving the loss of a parent, sibling or carer.
Good Grief - Seasons for Growth
An organisation that assists in the development and delivery of services in the areas of change, loss and grief., especially in school environments.
RainbowsRainbows is a National and International program providing developmentally-designed programs to support people from three-year-olds to adulthood who have experienced change, loss and grief.
Sids and KidsProvides bereavement support services for anyone affected by the sudden and unexpected death of a child.
An organisation that provides community-based support for parentally-bereaved children. An information site for carers and the community.
Association for death education and counselling, US
Professional organisation dedicated to promoting excellence and recognising diversity in death education, care of the dying, grief counselling and research. Information on loss and grief in children, resources and links to other organisations.
Barr – Harris Children’s Grief Center, US
For children who have lost a sibling or parent through death / divorce / abandonment. It provides resources, books, assistance for schools and guides for teachers.
Bereavement Research Forum, UK
Aims to provide a forum for interested professionals to promote and develop bereavement research.
Child Bereavement Charity, UKCharity providing services to bereaved children. Also provides professional support and training and support to parents and carers. It provides interactive forums on its website, resources for parents and professionals, web links and suggested readings.
Childhood Bereavement Network, UKFor bereaved children and young people. Provides information, guidance and support to manage the impact of death on their lives. Service provider information; parent / carer info; young person info; links to websites; free training materials; guidelines for good practice; publications; links to bereavement research forum.
Cruse Bereavement Care, UKPromotes the wellbeing of bereaved people and to enable anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with the loss. Includes information, advice, education, training, information for schools, a youth website link and a bereavement service directory.
GriefNet, USAn internet community of persons dealing with grief, death and major loss.
Grieving Child, USProvides a safe place for children, teens, young adults and their families who are grieving a death to share these experiences. Articles and publications. Links to information for professionals and caregivers.
Jeremiah’s Journey, UK
UK-based charity that offers support and information to children and their families when someone dies. Information for parents / carers or professionals supporting bereaved children plus sections for bereaved children and teenagers and a newsletter.