Support during COVID-19
Running our face-to-face support during the current pandemic is challenging, which is why we are offering free Little Bags of Help to families in need. Each bag contains a Grief First Aid kit which includes fun and easy-to-use resources and activities to aid parents, carers and support volunteers in offering support to young people who have had a significant bereavement.
We hope that by working through the different activities, children can explore their thoughts, feelings and emotions with a parent, carer or support volunteer, allowing them a way to express how they feel as well as build their confidence and resilience. All kits come with instructions, links to videos, and are supported by access to our telephone grief support service.
Support for Children and Young People
Our trained volunteers provide professional help to children, young people and their families either individually or in facilitated groups. All of our sessions use a mixture of talking and creative activities to enable children to express their grief in a safe and supported space. We offer a series of 1 hour one-to-one sessions with each child, where they can explore their grief and develop coping strategies.
Referrals can be made by a school, healthcare professional or family member and must be with the agreement of the carer and child concerned. If you wish to refer a child or young person to our service please complete the contact form below.
Grief First Aid - Support for Schools and Professionals
Grief First Aid, is a short intervention designed to help schools and other professionals understand the impacts of grief on a child. This 2 hour course offers an insight into theories of grief and practical guidance as to how to help children and young people who are experiencing grief. Designed as a practical introduction to bereavement and how best to support young people, we include suggested approaches, resources and next steps.
This training is free with a suggested donation. If your school or organisation would like a Grief First Aid session please complete the contact form below.
“Thank you so much for the training this afternoon it was brilliant and so many positive comments from staff, the best response I have had to virtual training in the past year”
“You had such a wonderful impact”
“Thank you for arranging the very informative session with Leif, I feel much more confident now to approach children who may need a little extra support”
“Yesterday evening, a number of our teachers and staff attended a really fascinating and informative training session by a representative of
Josephine's Star, a Somerset charity who offer support to children and their families in Somerset when someone special has died”
“Many thanks to Leif, founder of the charity, who led the session - you are truly inspiring!”