Children's grief | Cruse Bereavement Care

0808 808 1677

For many children and young people the death of a parent, caregiver, sibling or grandparent is an experience they are faced with early in life. Sometimes people think a child or young person who is bereaved at a young age will not be greatly affected, as they are too young to understand the full implications of death. This is untrue and unhelpful. Even babies are able to experience loss. A baby cannot cognitively process the implications of the bereavement but that does not mean that they do not feel the loss.

Children and young people need to be given the opportunity to grieve as any adult would. Trying to ignore or avert the child’s grief is not protective and can be damaging. Children and young people regardless of their age need to be encouraged to talk about how they are feeling and supported to understand their emotions.


Further information

Read our sections on children and help for schools to find out more about children and young people's reaction to bereavement and what you can do to help.

Our site Hope Again is a website designed for young people by young people.

If you are a young person and someone you know has died why not send a private message to one of our trained volunteers at who will reply to you by email.

If you want to talk to someone direct, call our FREE phone helpline on 0808 808 1677

We offer a number of leaflets and publications to help children and young people.