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Grief & Bereavement

Gabi's Grief & Bereavement Boxes


Our Grief and Bereavement boxes are named in memory of Sheffield's Gabi Smith who tragically died aged 12. We hope and pray that these resources will offer help, advice and some comfort to schools and families coping with loss.


We have a large selection of story books, factual books and teacher resource books about grief and loss available to borrow free of charge for schools and church groups. Some books are overtly Christian and many are not. They are often stories designed to start a conversation with a class or child. You are welcome to borrow a selection of the books or a whole collection. We can often deliver them to your school. Please get in touch, or see this flyer for more information.

Photo of Gabi Smith

Here are some resources and organisations that help children and young people deal with grief:

At a Loss

The website provides information and signposting to resources to help all those who have been bereaved, whatever the cause of their loss. Visit for more information.

Badger's Parting Gifts

This lesson plan based on the book 'Badger's Parting Gifts' by Susan Varley helps children to cope with loss, change and bereavement. Click on the picture to view the plan. There is a lovely reading of the book which can be found here.

Care for the Family

Care for the Family is a national charity with a section on their website dedicated to bereavement and supporting people who are grieving. The website also includes a list of bereavement support organisations.

Child Bereavement UK

Child Bereavement UK provides specialised training, resources and information for schools and has a dedicated schools section on their website. There is a confidential telephone service offering advice, support and guidance for families and professionals.

Children and Grief - when a sibling is lost

This is a blog entry by Harley Therapy about the effect of losing a sibling on a child and how best to help them through the grieving process.

Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse offers support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies. Visit for more information.

Elephant's Tea Party

Elephant's Tea Party aims to help teachers give children the emotional literacy and life skills needed to equip them for bereavement, now and in later life, by providing lesson plans, activity ideas and creative resources. Part of Child Bereavement UK.

Hope Again

Hope Again is the youth website of Cruse Bereavement Care. It is a safe place where young people can learn from other young people, how to cope with grief, find information, advice and feel less alone. There is a helpful film (10 mins) made by young people to answer FAQ about grief. Visit for more information.

Marie Curie

The Marie Curie website is an excellent source of information about dealing with grief and bereavement, including sections specifically for children and teenagers.

My Grown-Up Has Died Book

Jo Siddall of Patchwork Clocks has written a Christian book for children aged 5-9 who are dealing with grief and beareavement. It is a ‘story rhyme’ that invites the child to be part of the bigger picture. Children can feel excluded and unsure of what is happening around them. This gentle book is just one of many resources that can be used when little ones grieve. Click on the picture or heading to buy the book on Amazon.

Rainbows Bereavement Support GB

Rainbows Bereavement Support offers high quality training in bereavement and loss, and supports communities in reviewing or developing their own bereavement policy and procedures. Their vision is for every child and young person in every school in Great Britain, grieving a significant and often devastating loss in their lives, to be understood and supported appropriately. Click on the logo above to visit their website.

South Yorkshire Chaplaincy and Listening Service

South Yorkshire Chaplaincy and Listening Service have a bereavement listening service for children. A staff member works with partner schools in Sheffield to offer children who have suffered loss a specialist listening service. Click on the logo or title to find out more about SYCLS.

The Story of...

Create personalised illustrated books in memory of a child, relative or friend who has died. The simple story of hope tells how we can remember a lost one through the world around us, even when they are no longer here with us on Earth. There is a girl and boy version and the child’s name is used on the cover and in the story. Price £22.

Winston's Wish

Winston's Wish is a charity helping bereaved children, young people and their families.  The website includes a section for schools, and some lesson plan ideas. There is also an interactive section for young people. Also links to some publications specific to child bereavement and coping with loss. They also have online bereavement training for schools.

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