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In these pages we have information on:

  • what you can do to help a child or young person who is grieving
  • how to understand the concept of loss in children and young people of different ages
  • how to recognise potential complicated grief.

Many of our Cruse services across England, Wales and Northern Ireland offer support to children and young people. Find your local branch and contact them to see what is offered in your area. Our website Hope Again is a website designed for young people by young people. It includes information and message boards where young people can share their experiences.


Children and young people need to be given the opportunity to grieve as any adult would. But it is also important to remember that children and young people grieve in different ways. 

Children and young people may react in a number of ways to the death of someone close. This article looks at the range of emotional responses they may experience.

Grief can also cause a range of physcial responses in children and young people, affecting appetite, sleep, behaviour and development of skills.

The nature of a child’s understanding of death and bereavement will be different at different stages of development. 

Young people or teenagers have developed a greater understanding of death, the long term implications of losing someone close and are more keenly aware of the emotional aspects

One of the most frequently asked questions by parents, caregivers and people who support bereaved children and young people is, “Should I take my child / young person to the funeral?”

Complicated grief occurs when the bereaved child or young person becomes stuck within their grief.

This page gives some suggestions for coping with bereavement put forward by children and young people who have been bereaved.

This article covers what different people in a bereaved young person's life can do to help whether they are parents and carers, teachers, or youth workers.

Some key points to remember concerning children, young people and grief.