Child Death Service

This support service is for families who have experienced the death of a child from age 0 up to their 18th birthday. A home visit is made initially to make an assessment of the needs of those in the family with signposting onto other relevant agencies if needed. On going visits generally take place in the home; the frequency and number depend upon individual circumstances and the demands on the service.


West Sussex

How To Access

Families can self refer or go via their GP, or other health professional.

Contact Details

Annette Lawrance-Owen
Specialist Nurse Rapid Response / Bereavement Counsellor
Room 3B Stillman House
St Richard's Hospital
PO19 6SE
Tel: 01243 788122 ext. 32827 (no answerphone)
Mob: 07984 915869

Opening Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9am to 5pm If support is needed outside these hours the National Child Death Helpline is available on 0800 282 986 or freephone for mobiles 0808 8006019
Available 7pm to 10pm daily

How to find us

Although the service is based at St Richard’s Hospital, home visits are usually offered. Where that is not appropriate, arrangements can be made to see the support worker in the client’s GP surgery.

More information

Time2talk Counselling service for adults available through referral by GP

National Organisations

Child Death Helpline
Tel: 0808 8006019

Winston's Wish (for bereaved children)
Helpline Mon-Fri 9am-5pm 08088 020021
Website: Winston's Wish - there is a local West Sussex service

The Lullaby Trust
This service offers information and support. Contact the freephone helpline. A befriender will be allocated to each family if desired.
Website: The Lullaby Trust
Tel: 0808 8026868
Helpful information: The Child Death Review - A guide for Parents and Carers

The Compassionate Friends
Supporting bereaved parents and their families after the death of their son or daughter at any age from any cause.
Helpline 0845 1232304
Local contact available for support.
Website: The Compassionate Friends

This service offers support, befriending and groups for those grieving following stillbirth and neonatal death
Website: SANDS

Cruse Bereavement Care
West Sussex Cruse 0300 311 9959
Website: Cruse Bereavement Care

Care for the family pregnancy / baby loss
Options: Chichester, Bognor, Littlehampton 01243 784177
Acorn: Worthing 01903 823893
Oasis: Horsham 01403 272723
Haven: Crawley 01293 544211
Mid Sussex 01444 233333
These services offer individual support to those whose babies die at whatever gestation and after birth.

Chestnut Tree House
Children's Hospice serving Sussex can offer individual and family support and counselling to those families who have accessed their services.
Tel: 01903 871800

Snowdrop Trust
A local charity serving around the Chichester area has counsellors for families with children with life limiting conditions. The charity provides financial assistance where needed.
Tel: 01243 572433
Website: Snowdrop Trust

Jigsaw South East
Charity supporting bereaved children, offering a "buddy" service, group work and telephone support.
Tel: 01342 313895
Website: Jigsaw South East

This service can offer counselling according to need for couples, families and young people who are living with the impact of bereavement and the change that brings.
Further information available on 01293 657055
*There is a charge for each session*

You raise me up
Bereavement charity for those bereaved of a young person aged 16-25. Financial support considered to help towards funeral costs. Based in East Sussex but covers West Sussex.
Website: You Raise Me Up

SOBS (Survivors of bereaved by suicide)
Support group for adults
Website: SOBS UK