DD, Aged 17

    When people would talk they didn't know what to say which was understandable.  more...


    Mimi - 15 years old

    I lost myself doing stupid things, angry and sad and depressed at everything. I ended up failing my classes, not caring about school, and getting into fights.  more...


    Chelsea - 14 years old

    I stuck my head round the door in the room mum was in, and she looked really ill. I couldn't understand what was happening - one minute my mum was fine and the next she was ill.  more...


    Clair - aged 14

    Something I wish is I could just have one more day with my dad! - to tell him how much I love him and how sorry I am for all the bad things I have said and done to him!  more...


    Nicole - 17 years old

    This time the doctors are unable to operate. He has already had 6 sessions of chemo and is having another 6 sessions. I cannot help feeling I may lose him.  more...


    Rirrif - 15 years old

    I have been staying with my dad because my mom doesn't want me around when she is sick, which is all the time. My dad works at night so I spend a lot of time alone since I'm not with my mom. I'm afraid she is going to die and I'll blame myself for not being there more. more...


    HT - 13 years old

    She has been so strong about this and is keen to put it all behind her.  more...

If your parent has died

Losing your parent when you're very young is the most devastating experience and if that has happened to you, we are so truly sorry for your loss.

Your life will be affected in so many ways and you will need a lot of support from people around you - both friends and family. This section offer some information about common reactions and feelings that you may experience and a little bit about changes in your life if your parent has died.

There is also a music video by the UK hip hop artist Antix in the section called 'Voices of support'. Antix lost his mum from cancer when he was 16 years old and he has made a beautiful song in memory of her. You may find it comforting to listen to that.

You may also find support in some of the stories here on riprap as many are written by others who have also lost a parent. However, the riprap website is very much focussing on the time when a parent has cancer and you may want to contact organisations who specifically work with people who have lost a loved one. There are dedicated bereavement charities in the UK who support children and young people and we encourage you to have a look at some that are listed in our 'Links' section under 'Bereavement websites'.

However, we hope that you will also have a look at the the topics below to see if you can find anything there to help you cope.


Page updated 19 December 2016