Dealing with the death of a loved one is never easy, but when that loved one is a child, this can be even more difficult.
Whether your child’s death was expected – either because they had a long term illness or life limiting condition;
or unexpected – for example because of ‘cot death’ or an accident; it is impossible to imagine what you
as a family must be going through.
When a child dies, the law requires that a review into the child’s death is undertaken, and those professionals who are directly in contact with you and your family will provide you with information about their involvement, what needs to happen in response to your child’s death, including the review process, and what sources of support are available to you, both locally and nationally.
"The Child Death Review - A guide for parents and carers"
This leaflet is for parents and carers of a child under 18 who has died. It tells you what happens in the child death review. Click on this link to view the local leaflet.
The following national organisations can also offer support and advice in specific areas:
Sources of Support:
Child Bereavement UK (Support and Information)
Rebuilding lives together. If you are the parent of a baby or child who has died, we can provide booked telephone support sessions for you as an individual or couple with a qualified counsellor. Please call us to find out more.
Telephone: 0800 02 888 40
A Child of Mine
Help for Bereaved Parents. Office hours: Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm. Out of hours leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.
Telephone: 07803 751229
Donna Louise Hospice (Staffordshire)
Offers a network of specialist care and support to children and young people who have life limiting or life threatening illnesses, and their families; includes bereavement support.
Telephone: 01782 654440
Our Vision: To enable people who are experiencing bereavement, life changing illness or significant loss, to receive the highest quality of care and support to understand their grief and cope with their loss.
Our Mission: We deliver the vision by providing counselling and group support activities to anyone who is or could be affected by bereavement, life changing illness or other significant loss.
Telephone: 01782 683 155 / 683153
The Lullaby Trust (formerly FSID)
Offers confidential support to family, friends and carers affected by the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or toddler.
Calls to the helpline are free from all landlines and most mobile phone networks. The helpline is open: Monday – Friday 10am-5pm, Weekends and public holidays 6pm–10pm (answered by trained befrienders, all with personal experience of bereavement) The helpline does not offer a formal counselling service but rather the opportunity to talk freely, for as long as required, with a sympathetic and understanding listener. They can also offer support through their team of befrienders. Befrienders are themselves bereaved parents, grandparents and other relatives, who offer personal support which can be arranged via the helpline.
Telephone: 0808 802 6868
The largest charity provider of support to bereaved children, young people and their families in the UK.
Telephone: 08088 020 021
Helping children and young people with cancer.
Telephone: 0300 330 0803
Child Death Helpline
A freephone service offering support for anyone affected by the death of a child.
Telephone: 0800 282 986
Stillbirth and neonatal death organisation supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby.
Telephone: 0808 164 3332
Information, support and counselling for families with babies “born too small, too soon, too sick”.
Telephone: 0808 801 0322
CRUSE Bereavement Care
Cruse Bereavement Care is the leading national charity for bereaved people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies and work to enhance society’s care of bereaved people.
Cruse offers face-to-face, telephone, email and website support. We have a freephone national helpline and local services, and a website (hopeagain.org.uk) specifically for children and young people. Our services are provided by our network of 5,000 trained volunteers and are confidential and free. Cruse also provides training and consultancy for external organisations and for those who may encounter bereaved people in the course of their work.
Telephone: 0808 808 1677
See the latest updates
Don't forget when you're looking at our website to refresh your pages to make sure you're seeing the latest updates of information and support. Just click your control key and the refresh button on your computer at the same time to refresh the web page you are looking at.