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At HSR Psychology, we support children and young people who have experienced bereavement. Support can be provided in a range of settings.

What is bereavement?

Bereavement describes the period of mourning an individual experiences following a loss or death of a loved one. Bereavement is a natural reaction to a loss and can present in various ways. Grief is an important process in bereavement and can be categorised in the following stages:

Indicators of bereavement include:

Bereavement is unique to everyone. Early identification of needs provides support to children and young people who are dealing with bereavement.

Our services can be carried out following one of our initial discussions, please see our process below.

Our process

At HSR Psychology we ensure that we meet the needs of children and young people. To achieve this we ensure that any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work, is only carried out following an initial discussion.

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Having an initial discussion ensures any services we provide appropriately identify or address needs.

Our process for any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work is as follows:

Step 1: Contact us

We will usually be contacted by the child or young person, parent or carer, or another professional (eg education or health).

You can contact us or complete a referral

Step 2: Arrange an initial discussion

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Arrange an initial discussion

Step 3: Review our recommendations

Following an initial discussion we will send you an email that includes:

  • Next steps recommendations - to provide a bespoke package of support. For example:
    • Assessments
    • Reports
    • Information gathering
    • Meeting
    • Interventions
    • Consultancy
    • Reviews
  • Costing - we will provide costings for any services recommended.

Step 4: Let's get started

On receipt of the next steps recommendations and costing you can decide how to proceed. Once you have decided contact us to arrange the chosen services.

How do we assess needs around bereavement?

Needs in relation to bereavement are assessed in a variety of ways, which may include:


Assessments used to identify needs related to bereavement can include many possibilities. Some of the potential assessments which can be used to assess needs include: 

Social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) assessment- a SEMH assessment will assess the child or young person’s mood and emotions. A SEMH assessment will also highlight any mental health difficulties which can be addressed. 


Children and young people can be observed in the home, at school or in the community. Observations allow our specialist to see the individual in their daily life, whilst gathering useful information about the best ways to support the child or young person.

Clinical interviews

Clinical interviews involve our specialist having discussions with relevant people who care for the child or young person e.g. teacher, parent.

A history in addition to an assessment is important for assessing needs around bereavement as it provides information relating to before and after the loss occurred. The comparison of before and after the loss allows us to see the impact of bereavement on the child or young person.

What happens after an assessment?

After an assessment takes place, the findings and recommendations will be reported to you. The HSR Psychology professional may make recommendations about what the next steps could be. Next steps may involve a psychological intervention, or coaching around bereavement. Any intervention following the assessment will be tailored specifically to the child or young person using the information gathered in the assessment. By providing tailored services we can help the child or young person to be happy, safe and ready for life’s challenges.

Which interventions do we provide for bereavement?

Bereavement can affect a child or young person at any age which is why we provide a range of psychological interventions. Interventions we provide can include:

Interventions are chosen by the HSR Psychology professional for the child, young person, family situation and the details of the bereavement. 

Arrange an Initial Discussion

Arrange an Initial Discussion to find out how we can help. The initial discussion lasts 1-1.5 hours, comes with a written recommendation summary and is a starting point to identify needs. The cost is £180.



When an individual experiences bereavement there is often a change in their mood or behaviour which may cause concern. To arrange an initial discussion for needs related to bereavement, or to find out more, please contact us now.

What makes us different

Access to a named psychologist

Focus on mental health and wellbeing

Joined-up approach

Bespoke services to meet needs

Multidisciplinary team

Holistic approach

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Flexible, consistent, and competitively priced

We provide bespoke solutions to suit all budgets and requirements for children and young people aged 0-25 in homes, education settings and the community. Our clinical, educational and child psychology services are cost effective.

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Make a referral

To make a referral and arrange an initial discussion please complete our referral form.

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Contact us

Ready to get started? The next step is to speak to our team to find out more about the services we provide and how we can help. Call us on 0161 820 9229 or email

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