Supporting children and families facing loss and surviving bereavement across the West Midlands.

Children's Support

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Adult's Support

Find out about our adult and couples services.

Wellbeing Therapies

Find out about our wellbeing services.

For 30 years Edward's Trust have been supporting bereaved families

Edward’s Trust was set up in 1989 by Peter and Hilary Dent in memory of their son Edward, who died aged 7 of cancer at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.  30 years later the Trust still continues to provide much needed support to bereaved families. Edward’s Trust provides holistic family bereavement services supporting children, young people and parents across the West Midlands. We provide support to parents bereaved, or about to bereaved, of their son or daughter – whatever the age of their child. We also provide support to children and young people of school age who are bereaved, or are about to be bereaved, of a parent, significant carer or sibling. A ‘Wellbeing in Bereavement’ service includes complementary therapies and respite bereavement care for bereaved parents and carers. Training and consultation for professionals working with bereaved families or families who are about to be bereaved.

How we help

  • Counselling
  • Wellbeing Therapies
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Support Groups
  • Social Activities
  • Respite Bereavement Care Retreats
  • Remembrance Services
  • Pre-bereavement Support

Our values


We will act with integrity in all that we do, being mindful and considerate to all. We respect and remember those who have died. Respect is a constant that embraces diversity and uniqueness of experience.


A feeling of trust in tomorrow. We embody, instil and empower a feeling of trust in tomorrow. Hope is the hand to hold. We have a vision that one day there will be a universal understanding of life-changing grief.


Complete and all encompassing. We acknowledge and respond to the needs of the whole person: mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. We recognise the total experience of grief,promoting a holistic approach to bereavement care.


Enabling with compassion and care. We provide responsive support that is appropriate, relevant and meaningful to each individual. Together in safety and strength. Encouraging society to respond appropriately to people facing loss and surviving bereavement.


Embracing professional integrity and creative innovation. We are passionate about providing exceptional services and maintaining the highest standards in all that we do. Excellence is valuing people. We are committed to driving innovation and change.


Yvonne Gilligan

Chief executive


Peter Dent

Founder and Honorary President


Fiona Chamberlain

Chair of Trustees.

Cheryl Pidler

Deputy Chair.


Richard Page

Sarah Bradshaw

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