Grief Encounter

Our Associate Charity- Grief Encounter

The ESFA are delighted to be teaming up with Grief encounter as our official Associate charity for the 2019/2020 season.

Grief Encounter support bereaved children and their families to help alleviate the pain caused by the death of someone close. Established in 2003, Grief Encounter is one of the UK’s leading bereaved child charities, providing free, pioneering services and support to bereaved children, young people and their families.

Having recently launched their new, confidential helpline, ‘grieftalk’, Grief Encounter have made huge steps in offering further support via the telephone, live chat and email services to children who may be struggling with the death of a loved one.

The English Schools’ FA feels the partnership between Grief Encounter and themselves is one that makes perfect sense. To be able to open lines of communication for children across England who may be struggling with bereavement issues is something that the ESFA feels passionately about and are keen to promote the partnership to member schools and associations.

Aside from the promotion of the nationwide, confidential helpline, ‘grieftalk’, the partnership between the two charities hopes to see the formation of classroom resources specifically designed to help to support teachers who may have little or no experience of dealing with bereaved children within a classroom environment. We hope that the delivery of these resources will help strengthen the messages of support portrayed by Grief Encounter and provide teaching staff with invaluable resources to equip them for related scenarios.

Richard Fogelman, Grief Encounter CEO comments, “Reaching bereaved children and young people in today’s society is notoriously difficult. With the opening of our new, nationwide and freephone helpline, GriefTalk, alongside our well established school support work, our hope is that the partnership with the ESFA, and their network of schools and volunteers across the UK, will help us promote open conversation with young people about grief. We are excited to be working alongside the ESFA and thank them for the opportunity to help more bereaved children, young people and their families.”

Andrea Chilton, ESFA CEO said, “We are very proud to be able to promote the wonderful work carried out by Grief Encounter via our network of schools and volunteers across England. The messaging and support provided by Grief Encounter is hugely insightful and we believe will be of great use to all of our Members. We are privileged to be able to spread the word about this wonderful charity and the support mechanisms they provide to young people – we hope that through this partnership we are able to help make a difference within children and young people’s lives when they need it most.”

Childhood grief Awareness Week

Grief Encounter are campaigning for schools to get involved and help raise awareness of Childhood bereavement by displaying posters, handing out postcards or liking and sharing Grief Encounter’s Social Media posts during the 15 – 22 November 2019

For more information on this fantastic and important campaign, please contact



Grieftalk number:  0808 802 0111

Twitter: @griefencounter 

Instagram: @griefencounter