What we've been up to this month: 

November has been a super busy month for Grief Encounter! With the launch of our annual Children’s Grief Awareness Week on November 15th, we were able to launch one of our most exciting projects to date; a music video with Grief Encounter patron, celebrity singing sensation, Katherine Jenkins performing alongside our Grief Encounter Children’s Choir.

Released online to raise awareness for the week, we had some fantastic press coverage in the Daily Star, Metro, BBC online and The Evening Standard amongst others, and several appearances on television and radio, including Sky News Sunrise. 

You can watch the full video here, and our exclusive Behind The Scenes footage now.

  

Losing her own father to cancer at the age of 15, Katherine comments, “When I was 15 and getting over the death of my father, I saw an amazing grief counsellor who helped me process what had happened & helped me understand my feelings. I really don’t think I would be this person today without that help. 

"Grief Encounter is an incredibly important charity which does just that - works with children who’ve lost a parent or a sibling and helps them come out of it the other side. Singing with the Grief Encounter Choir was an afternoon of my life that I’ll never forget. We laughed, we cried, we shared stories over pizza & remembered those we were singing for. Thank you to the boys and girls who stole my heart - I can’t wait to sing with you again!”  

The Grief Encounter Children’s Choir, 13 children aged from 5 – 11 years old, form one of our unique therapeutic services, set up to provide alternate creative therapy for children who did not feel comfortable with, or unable to benefit from traditional counselling methods. Dr Shelley Gilbert MBE, founder of Grief Encounter comments "At Grief Encounter, we offer services from the age of 3 years old.

With those very young children who are not able to express themselves verbally or even those who are older but not in a position to explain how they feel, we give them alternate therapeutic tools to play, have fun and express themselves through a creative medium such as singing. No child is too young for support. We are thrilled that Katherine has helped us with this project, identifying with the children, who so treasured spending this memorable day with her."