St Christopher’s Children and Young People’s Bereavement Service (Candle)

St Christopher’s Children and Young People's Bereavement Service (Candle) offers support for children and young people and provides specialist training and advice for schools, parents and professional carers supporting young people facing bereavement

Just like adults, children react to death in different ways at different times. They may seem to be sad, angry, or not to care at all. They may have behaviour or concentration problems at school or home, difficulties with eating or sleeping and feel very anxious or guilty. We understand how difficult it can be to find a way to explain what has happened, to cope with their questions and to manage their behaviour.

We’re here to support them, and you, through our St Christopher’s Children and Young People’s Bereavement Service (Candle). We offer:

  • One-to-one and group counselling for any child or young person under the age of 18 in Bromley, Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham or Southwark experiencing loss through death by any cause
  • Specialist training, advice and consultancy services to schools and other organisations working with children facing bereavement
  • An advice service for parents and professional carers.

We offer hybrid support to suit the circumstances via telephone, video conferencing facilities (Teams or Zoom) and face-to-face appointments.

Any parent, carer, teacher or health care professional can make a referral and young people over 16 can refer themselves.

For further information, please contact our St Christopher’s Children and Young People’s Bereavement Service (Candle) Bereavement Service

Call 0208 768 4533 or email

Candle Child Bereavement Service Referral Form (DOC)

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