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Support for if a young person dies

The death of someone important to us is challenging and different people will feel different things at different times, especially young people who may not have experienced direct loss before. These resources have been created to help support your group, provide advice and relevant signposting to further support for if the worst should happen.

Coronavirus is a global pandemic. Thousands of people, both young and old, have lost their lives, and millions have been affected. Now, more than ever, it’s important that we, as Scouts, rally around each other, show our Scout values and support one another.  

If a young person in your group dies, it’s really important that all the adult volunteers in the group come together to support one another. By coming together, you’ll be able to address what’s happened and plan how best to support your young people, and each other. Other volunteers in your local area may also be able to help and share advice, so don't hesitate to reach out.

There is no right or wrong way to feel following a bereavement and there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to supporting someone who is experiencing bereavement.

You’re not alone in this and we know that the death of a young person will be one of the most challenging things you’ll ever have to face as Scout volunteers. You have the full backing of your local management structure, national volunteers and the staff team at Gilwell and across the UK. If you need further support, please email: info.centre@scouts.org.uk

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Where to get further help and support

If you or anyone in the group feels as though grief and sadness is impacting on daily life, talking to a GP can help. They may refer you to a local mental health support service or bereavement counselling.

Not everyone will want to speak to their GP and for those who do, they may find there is a long delay between seeking help and receiving it. There are several charitable organisations which exist to support those who are going through bereavement or feeling anxious or down. These include: