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...

Bereavement support

Below are organisations that offer support to young people in a bereavement. These are links to national resources but you can also have a look in our section named 'Support in my area' to find local services near you.

Please get in touch if there is anything that you'd like to talk through with us here at riprap. Find local support in your area here.

Links updated 01/02/21

Hope again is a website set up by Cruse Bereavement Care and bereaved children and young people. Young people can post messages, poems and stories, and share experiences and feelings. UK.

Help 2 Make Sense is provided by Winston’s Wish - a charity that supports bereaved children and young people. It offers a toolkit to help young people make sense of their grief, including tips on coping and the use of memory boxes, memory stones and memory books. UK.

Grief encounter is a UK charity helping bereaved children and teenagers deal with the loss a parent or a sibling. Their website is packed with resources including blogs and memory boards and children/teenagers can talk to trusted adults at ‘grief encounter’ through a helpline or various ways of e-counselling. Grief encounter also offers events like “Good grief” groups, family days and Residential Camps. They also sell various bereavement toolkits, e.g. workbook, journal, grief relief kit, Bad Time Rhymes. UK

Marie Curie - Coping with grief as a teenager. This section has been written especially for teenagers who have experienced the death of someone close. It aims to help young people better understand their own grief at an already difficult time, and find someone to talk to if they can’t cope. UK

Child Bereavement UK has an area particularly for teenagers and coping with their grief. It looks at your special needs and has information on resources such as books and videos that might be helpful. There is also advice from a teenager whose father died when she was 15 years old. UK.

Young Minds is a UK organisation focusing on young people's mental health. Their website contains a section called "Grief and loss" and offer information and advice on dealing with loss. It includes video clips of young people sharing their experiences.