Caring for bereaved children

Supporting youngsters and their families through one of the toughest times of their lives

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How we can help

OWLS - Overcoming Worry, Loss and Sadness - supports children aged 4 to 11 and their families living in the Leeds area. 

It can help in a number of ways, including offering practical and emotional support, direct 1-2-1 therapy, schools workshops and peer activity days where affected children and their families can get together to share experiences and support each other.


There is no right or wrong way to grieve and different children will react in different ways. The sections below offer some general information and advice that may be helpful in supporting a bereaved child.

Dealing with the death of a loved one

Bereaved children will experience a range of emotions – from anxiety to anger and sadness to insecurity. How they react is likely to be influenced by the relationship they had to the person who has died.

Coping with grief

Grief – that deep feeling of loss, sorrow, despair, abandonment and more besides – hits us all in some way when a loved one dies.

Support for teachers

Support for teachers

Teachers and school staff, as familiar and trusted adults, can play an enormously important role in supporting a bereaved child.

Worried about a child?

Are you concerned that a child is not coping well? Feel you could use support to cope with a bereavement? Find out how to refer a child to our OWLS bereavement service.

Support OWLS

How to support OWLS

Inspired to support our work? You can make a one-off donation or set up a monthly direct debit. You could take part in an event and raise sponsorship, stage a table-top or bake sale or a sweepstake in your workplace.

Why not nominate us for a grant, or donate materials such as art supplies. Own or manage a venue? You could help with the staging of one of our activity days.

You can also help by donating prizes for raffles or tombolas, or even volunteer your time to help support our children on the activity days.