Project information

Name a Star

To increase the opportunities for children and young people to remember their Mum, Dad, Brother or Sister who has died.

December 2013 - December 2014

Charity information: Grief Encounter Project

Grief Encounter Project logo
  • Need


    A large part of grieving is finding ways to talk about and remember the special person who has died. When someone dies, they leave large empty spaces and broken hearts. Grief Encounter develop creative ways to help fill some of those spaces and help children find ways to find a special place in their hearts for those who are no longer here. Every half an hour in the UK, a child will lose a parent.


    The star project will involve being able to find and name a star on the website . In addition, children will be able to request a specialist product which will contain star making products, a guide to the sky, ways to talk about the dead person and help them come to terms with their loss and have fun again.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To increase Grief Encounter's specialist bereavement support


    » To create a \"star activity\" on the Grief Encounter website and a new star based products for grieving children.

    Improved website
    Increased access to the focused areas
    Star products created and sent out.

  • Impact


    The project will attract new bereaved families to both Grief Encounter and to the website. The contact will allow access to our other support services. Existing families will have another way of remembering and connecting with their loved ones, reducing their isolation and coming to terms with their loss.
    Success will be measured by the creativity of the products, the number sent out (500) and feedback from the clients who have used the service.


    There may be no demand for the products, but this is highly unlikely as Grief Encounter work so closely with bereaved children now. The website already has a large number of unique visitors and sound links developed over the last 10 years. Grief Encounter can also market out the new projerct through their exiting channels.In addition, other similar projects have had great success (Bad Time Rhymes Poetry Competition)


    Emailed newsletter
    Personal letters
    Website news

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,400

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      Amount Heading Description
      £700 Design costs To create the Name a Star tins
      £1,000 Website Game design for website
      £2,000 Name a Star tins Production costs for 1000 tins
      £500 Promoting the new resource Marketing expenses
      £500 Postage Sending the star resource to children
      £700 Managing the project Project management contribution
  • Background


    On the website and UK based.


    1000 bereaved children and families throughout the UK

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Grief Encounter is one of the leading child bereavement charities in the UK. They are the only one with such specialist resources and with the most client contact, receiving feedback from 100s of bereaved children. In addition, Grief Encounter is the most innovative and creative of all the bereavement organisations: the website is perfectly placed to launch this initiative based on listening to the needs of bereaved children.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Shelley Gilbert

    CEO , orphaned by 9, trained child bereavement counsellor, and Daily Mail Inspirational Woman of the Year.

    Jan Of Energy Design Studios

    Design Consultant who has an amazing talent for designing child friedly products

    Grief Encounter Bereaved Children

    The children andyoung people who will be involved with the creation and design

    Vicky Baruch

    Bereaved as a child with marketing and PR expertise