When someone in your family dies

Life takes on a whole new level of sadness and challenge if one of your parents or your brother or sister dies while you’re still young. Among other things, it can mean:

  • a huge sense of personal loss; a huge hole in your emotional wellbeing and sense of self
  • big readjustments in your living arrangements and daily life (particularly when a parent dies)
  • feeling different and separated from friends who haven’t suffered anything similar.

Nobody finds bereavement easy, and you will go through all sorts of emotions whatever happens; but try to get as much help as you can.

  • Make sure your school or college knows what has happened; they can offer you practical and emotional support.
  • Counselling may be available through your school or your GP.
  • Talk to your friends and wider family; they will want to help you.
  • The long-established charity Cruse Bereavement Care has a helpline 0808 808 1677 and a special website called Hope Again particularly for young people suffering bereavement; you can share stories and find advice..
  • There are also other websites set up to help young people cope with bereavement including soar.


You might also be interested in our other pages on relationships:

Have good relationships

And our pages on mental health:

Looking after your mind
Look after your mind