Bereavement Support

Several of our pupils have lost loved ones and staff understand the importance of supporting pupils during difficult times.

If a child has lost a loved one

  • Cruse Bereavement Care helpline: 0844 477 9400
  • Talk about the person who has died
  • During bereavement, it can help a child to talk about the person who has died, whether it was a grandparent, parent, brother, sister or friend.
  • “Sharing and talking about emotions and about the person is important, especially for children,” says Sarah.
  • “If they have lost a loved one, it’s important to have someone with whom they can talk about that person. It could be through photos, games, memory boxes or stories.”
  • There are also bereavement charities that offer helplines, email support, and online communities and message boards for children.
  • Knowsley has the “Butterflies Project” provided by Listening Ear, Tel: 0151 488 6648 which is a well-established activity-based therapy service for young people aged 4 to 15 years experiencing bereavement (which can include murder, manslaughter and suicide) and loss (which can include Domestic Abuse, Children Looked After/ On the Edge of Care and Parent in Prison). Butterflies uses principles of CBT, Person Centred and Solution Focussed therapies and translates them to be age-appropriate. Butterflies consists of a parallel (but separate) 50 minute assessment for a child and their parent/ carer, followed by eight, fifty minute, 1:1 therapy sessions.

Further support is available:

Child Bereavement UK – 0800 028 8840 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, or email

Hope Again – 0808 808 1677 Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm, or email

Winston’s Wish – 0808 802 0021 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

In memory of Frankie Murphy