Gabi's Grief and Bereavement boxes

Our Grief and Bereavement boxes are named in memory of Sheffield's Gabi Smith who tragically died aged 12. We hope and pray that these resources will offer help, advice and some comfort to schools and families coping with loss.

We have a large selection of story books, factual books and teacher resource books about grief and loss available to borrow free of charge for schools and church groups. Some books are overtly Christian and many are not. They are often stories designed to start a conversation with a class or child.

You are welcome to borrow a selection of the books or a whole collection. We can often deliver them to your school. Please get in touch for more information.

Please see the lists of titles below:

Here is a flyer advertising the resources.


A lesson plan for KS2 based on the book 'Badger's Parting Gifts' by Susan Varley, helping children to cope with loss, change and bereavement.


This publication 'Preparing a Child for Loss' produced by Winston's Wish (child bereavement charity) and Macmillan is for parents who are diagnosed with a terminal illness to help them to talk about death with their children. It also includes a list of organisations that can provide further support. Available to download for free.


We have put together some weblinks to organisations that help children and young people deal with grief.

The Marie Curie website is an excellent source of information about dealing with grief and bereavement, including sections specifically for children and teenagers.



Child Bereavement UK provides specialised training, resources and information for schools and has a dedicated schools section on their website. There is a confidential telephone service offering advice, support and guidance for families and professionals. They also run an awareness campaign for primary schools called Elephant’s Tea Party (see below).

Elephant's Tea Party aims to help teachers give children the emotional literacy and life skills needed to equip them for bereavement, now and in later life, by providing lesson plans, activity ideas and creative resources. Part of Child Bereavement UK.


Winston’s Wish is a charity helping bereaved children, young people and their families.  The website includes a section for schools, and some lesson plan ideas. There is also an interactive section for young people. Also links to some publications specific to child bereavement and coping with loss.

Care for the Family is a national charity with a section on the website dedicated to bereavement and supporting people who are grieving. The website includes a list of bereavement support organisations.


The Story Of.... create personalised illustrated books in memory of a child, relative or friend who has died. The simple story of hope tells how we can remember a lost one through the world around us, even when they are no longer here with us on Earth. There is a girl and boy version and the child’s name is used on the cover and in the story, price £22.

'Children and Grief – when a sibling is lost' -a blog entry about the effect of losing a sibling on a child and how best to help them through the grieving process.