Children, Adults & Young People Bereavement Support Team

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Local bereavement support

By its very nature death is distressing to everyone. The emotional and physical reactions that follow are usually intense, and may confuse or cause fear and shock. You may experience reactions that are unfamiliar and seemingly out of character, either in yourself or others.

Grief is unique, and as individual as those experiencing it, how we cope varies too. Sometimes it can help to express your feelings and share experiences by talking to others.  Talking to others who face similar difficulties even if their experience is not the same can be helpful. Offloading feelings in a safe environment can be easier than coping alone.

Sometimes it is easier to talk to someone outside our own circle of family and friends, sharing memories, good and bad, with someone who is able to listen.

The Bereavement Support Group (CAYP- Children, Adults and Young People) is for anyone who has been bereaved. 

The Group is unique in the service offered.

Adult and Children and Young Peoples bereavement support groups meet on the same night in separate rooms of the same venue. Individual bereavement support sessions and telephone support are also available by arrangement.

At the bereavement support charity we rely on donations to continue and expand the support we offer.

Adult Bereavement Support Group

Are you recently bereaved & would like to:

Know that you are not alone in your thoughts & feelings?

Know you are coping & the things you are feeling are normal?

Learn more about yourself awareness during difficult times?

Then come along to our bereavement support group, held on the 1st Thursday of each month at:

Sir Tom Finney Way

6pm - 7.30pm

Often it can help to meet with others in similar circumstances by sharing your experiences in a safe environment.

Please ring 01772 523730 to confirm your attendance or for more information

We are a small group all of whom have suffered a bereavement. The meetings are informal with a topic to focus on  then opportunity for peer support through free discussion. There is also the opportunity for individual bereavement support sessions and telephone support to be arranged.

Children and Young People Bereavement Support group.

Founded by families who had nowhere to turn when supporting Children and Young People following a sudden death and designed in consultation with local children and young people

The group will provide a safe place to express thoughts and feelings at what can be a sad and frightening time.

Often it can help to meet with others in similar situations to yourself and share experiences in a safe and relaxed environment tailored to children and young people.

The service offers a safe environment, where children and young people can explore how they feel in a caring and non-judgemental environment.

Remember -

  • You are not alone in your thoughts and feelings
  • The things you are feeling are normal
  • The bereavement support team are here to listen and support you
  • You are encouraged to talk about your loss and how this is impacting on your life
  • You will have the opportunity to meet other children and young people with similar experiences

Our Aims

  • To support children and young people develop the confidence and skills to consider their emotions and express themselves
  • To help them understand and express their grief and loss in practical and creative ways
  • To encourage them to talk openly about their thoughts, feelings and behaviour
  • To support them to work through painful issues
  • Be able to change approach, meeting each child and young person’s individual needs, on their own journey
  • To encourage children and young people to respect and learn from others with similar experiences without judgement

Who facilitates the meetings:

Staff and volunteers are all fully trained bereavement support staff / volunteers (CRB, Safe Guarding, Child Protection & Governance).






CAYP  Bereavement Care training for those supporting a bereaved friend or family member:

2 hours sessions for those supporting bereaved family and friends.

Utilising a range of learning tools the session aims to empower you and build your confidence in supporting family and friends through grief.

For more information please contact:  

Bereavement Care training

For professionals:

Sage & Thyme Communication skills training  (Communicating with people in distress)

Utilising a range of learning methods, the course provides information and guidance for those caring for people experiencing loss and grief, so empowering healthcare professionals to deliver end of life bereavement care in an holistic way.

The course aims to :

  • Promote an understanding of the impact of loss and grief
  • Empower staff and aid the development of their skills through self-awareness and resilience
  • Explore the practical issues for staff at the time leading up to and immediately following  a patient’s death
  • Increase awareness of organ and tissue donation
  • Provide an insight into cultural competence


For a prospectus please contact

Specialist Nurses Bereavement & Donor Support

Royal Preston Hospital, Sharoe Green Lane, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 4HT

01772 523730



Contact Bereavement

Royal Preston Hospital 01772 523730