Bereavement Support Resources
Many wonderful organizations around the world bring help and hope to children affected by cancer, their families and adult survivors.
The following is a selection of resources that we think may be valuable to you. We hope this directory will grow in time to include resources in many countries.
If you know of a good resource not listed within these pages, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the information so we can look into listing it.
A Child of Mine (UK)
Provides support, information, guidance and signposting after the death of a child; and advocates development of professional bereavement services to effectively meet the needs of grieving families.
Children’s Hospice International
Provides resources and referrals to children and families of children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions.
The Compassionate Friends
Offers understanding and friendship to bereaved families through support meetings and telephone support family matching scheme. Publishes separate newsletters for parents and siblings, and has a wide range of publications as well as several music CDs.
Provides one to one counselling, infromation, advice, education and support, a publications resource for bereaved people and their supporters, and advocates for the needs of bereaved people.
Fernside – A Centre for Grieving Children (USA)
A site for grieving children and their families, which Includes separate areas for children and adults. Fernside runs a camp for bereaved children, a publications resource, referral service and peer support groups.
Journey of Hearts (USA)
An extensive grief support website with sections on loss, the process of grief, coping, and on how to help someone else who is grieving. Has resources for youngsters and emergency contact information.
National Center for Grieving Children and Families (USA)
Provides peer support for grieving children and their supporters. Also has age-specific resources and online activities. Has some good advice on coping with grief in the classroom and including children in funerals.
Provides international support to children and adults grieving the loss of their twin. Organizes conferences, telephone, letter and email communication opportunities.
Winston’s Wish (UK)
Supports bereaved children and young people, and offers guidance and information to their families and other people caring for bereaved youngsters. Produces some excellent resources including memory boxes, activity sheets and a superb activity workbook called “Muddles, Puddles and Sunshine” and two books (As big As It Gets/The Secret C) designed for children dealing with serious illness in their family.