What support can Edward’s Trust offer you?

Edward’s Trust offers pre-bereavement and bereavement support to young people who have had someone important to them die, or who have a parent, significant carer, brother, sister, other family member or friend who is terminally ill.

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I’m a bereaved young people

We want you to know that you are not alone with your loss, and that we here to support you in the best way we can
for as long as you need us. Here are some things to read, watch and check out that you might find helpful.

Bereavement and pre-bereavement counselling

Counselling can be helpful when you are going through something that you are struggling to cope with, it can useful to talk to a trained bereavement counsellor instead of ignoring your feelings after a loss. Lots of people have counselling for all sorts of reasons, it is a sign of strength when you acknowledge that you need some help to cope better, and we all need help sometimes.

Our trained Counsellors at Edwards Trust can offer you 1-1 support to make sense of what you are going through. We can help you to understand how you are affected by having to face the fact that someone is dying, or to help you with managing your feelings and to cope after a loss.

Bereavement counselling helps you to cope when you have experienced losing someone through death, finding your way through this experience of loss on your own with the many emotions you may feel can be very hard.  


Pre-bereavement support and counselling can help you to cope with your experiences of having someone you are close to in your life, who is living with a terminal illness; which means that they will die. When you are going through something so painful we want you to know that you don’t have to deal with it on your own.

It may seem a bit strange to talk to someone you don’t know about things that are personal and painful. Sometimes it can be hard to talk to your friends, or your family because you know that they are finding it hard too. Speaking to someone who is outside of the situation can be helpful because they have that bit of distance and are less emotionally involved. All of our bereavement counsellors are qualified and have years of experience of helping young people work through exactly the kind of thing you are going through… It’s bound to feel a bit scary…. But taking the first step is the hardest bit!

Wellbeing therapies for over 18 year olds

If you are 18 years old or older we can offer you wellbeing sessions to help you to look after your emotional wellbeing. You can ask your counsellor to refer you for 1-1 sessions with our wellbeing therapists who can teach you techniques to manage stress and anxiety through mindfulness mediation and relaxation, and therapeutic massage.!

Personal Stories – Films

Young people talk about significant deaths in their family and the support they got from Edward’s Trust.
The Sambrooke family talk about how the charity Edward’s Trust has helped them since their son Ben died from a brain tumour.
The Blakemore family talk about coping with the death of their son/brother and the support their received from Edward’s Trust.

We are working on making some more Edwards Trust films for young people… watch this space.

Here are some films you might find useful that other organisations have made.


Edward’s Trust community of young people

Here at Edwards’ Trust we are a community. After you have finished with your counselling support you can stay in touch by coming to socials events, getting involved in fundraisers and remaining part of our community.

We run social events for young people who are in our Edward’s Trust community on a regular basis from boxercise to biking to baking…. Sometimes being a bereaved young person can feel a lonely place, so we provide a space (& some fun) to be with people of a similar age who have been through similar experiences.

Contact helen.tomblin@edwardstrust.org.uk to find out more about our Social events diary.

We also have a group called, ‘Young Ambassadors.’

We want young people to have a say in how we support other young people, so this group of young people get together 4 times a year to share their ideas about resources, planning socials or remembrance events, doing fundraisers. We’ve just finished making a film together about the work of Edward’s Trust.

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You might also be interested in these groups who meet in Brum



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Here are some great websites that we hope you will find informative and useful



https://help2makesense.org/  (Winston’s Wish)





https://www.thecalmzone.net/ (Suicide prevention)


Young MindsIf you’re grieving, this is for you 

The Good Grief TrustLosing a sibling

Care for the FamilyLoss of a Sibling 

Child Bereavement UK – Loss of a Parent 

Podcasts & Stories of Young People:

Funny People talking about Death – Griefcast

Cruse Podcast 

Young People’s Stories

Child Bereavement UK – Young people’s stories 

Podcast from Winston’s Wish – My brother Simon  

Young Minds Blog – Coping with the death of my best friend 


Student Suicide (Nov 2017, BBC 3)

Learning to grieve – George Shelly (Sept 2018, BBC3)

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide – The Lives Left Behind 





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