Winston's Wish

We are pleased to announce a partnership between WAY Widowed and Young and the child bereavement charity Winston’s Wish.

Together, WAY and Winston’s Wish are partnering to provide full circle support for the whole family following a bereavement. As well as referring bereaved families to each other’s services, the two charities will be joining forces to provide tips and advice for the parents they support and their children.

The charities will also partner on campaign and policy work, advocating for improved services and experiences of bereaved families both now and in the future. Read more about the full circle partnership announcement.

Winston’s Wish is a charity that helps children, teenagers and young adults (up to the age of 25) find their feet after their worlds are turned upside down by grief.

Through a range of content, advice and services they support children and young people across the UK to understand their feelings, process their grief and find ways to move forward with hope for a brighter future. They also help the adults who are caring for young grieving people including parents, school staff and healthcare professionals to have important conversations about death, dying and grief. 

Reach out to speak with a Winston’s Wish Bereavement Support Worker by:

  • Phone, call free on 08088 020 021 between 8am-8pm, weekdays.

  • Email or fill out their contact form and they’ll reply within two working days.

  • Chat live online between 3pm and 8pm, weekdays at (just click the blue ‘Chat with us’ button at the bottom right of the screen.)

  • For urgent support, text WW to 85258 to speak with a trusted partner of Winston’s Wish called Shout.

For children and young people who have experienced severe, traumatic and/or multiple bereavements, or if a child has complex personal circumstances, a series of one-to-one sessions with a bereavement support worker or grief counsellor might be helpful. Not all bereaved children and young people will need one-to-one support, and each individual case is assessed by the Winston’s Wish team to find the right fit.  

The Winston’s Wish website also has an extensive range of free bereavement content, advice and resources. Visit or find them on all major social media platforms for the latest information and guidance.

To mark the full circle partnership between WAY and the child bereavement charity Winston’s Wish, we talk to WAY’s National Volunteer Manager Veronica, whose husband Wullie died unexpectedly from a heart attack seven years ago, and her daughter Becca, now 18, who is a Youth Ambassador for Winston’s Wish. They unpick their different experiences as a bereaved parent and child – and offer their advice to others navigating the same challenging path…