Children and bereavement

When a child grieves or when a child dies, the Donor Family Care Service can provide you with guidance and signpost to the support available. 

Below is some information on the resources and services available to you.

Support services

The following organisations provide support for when a child grieves or when a child dies.

Someone to talk to

Everyone needs someone to talk to sometimes. The helplines below are there for you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year; whatever you’re going through.

Bereavement helplines

Grief can be overwhelming. No matter how long you have been grieving, you don’t have to deal with it alone.

If you have any questions, please contact the Donor Family Care Service.

We can advise and guide you or arrange for one of the specialist nurses to contact you.

Suggested reading

Cover illustration for Giving Hope, by Catherine D'Albertanson

NHS Blood and Transplant has produced a book called “Giving Hope” to help support discussions about organ and tissue donation with children.

It is designed for you to use alongside letters you may receive from the Donor Family Care Service, these give the details of the organs and tissues that have been donated and the people they have helped.

We hope it will encourage children to talk and ask any questions that they may have.

We recommended it is used to support conversations with children aged five years old and older. For the younger age group you may want to focus more on the pictures.

Contact us to request your copy

Further reading

There is a range of literature available for children of all ages to support them through grief and organ and tissue donation.  

The Donor Family Network charity also offers a library service.

View the Bereavement Library on the Donor Family Network website

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