Supporting children and families facing loss and surviving bereavement across the West Midlands.

20th March 2020




Due to current circumstances and on-going government guideline updates, Edward’s Trust will be closed for face to face counselling from Monday 23rd March 2020 until further notice. We are offering a telephone counselling service and have been in touch with those of you that this affects to arrange a telephone appointment.


We want to offer you as much support as possible and we will also be contacting all adults and children on our waiting list in the next couple of weeks. We will be checking our admin inbox and our ansaphone on a daily basis.


It is with much regret that we have taken this decision but we must treat the safety of our families and staff as a priority.


Please be assured  that we will offer the best support to our clients that this new and different way of working will allow. Please be aware that we are still taking telephone calls (bear with us there may be an ansaphone) but unfortunately we have had to close our waiting lists and are not taking any more referrals.


We are also in the process of designing our new website so bear with us as these pages are work in progress hence the limited information available. 


Should you need to contact us, please do so either by telephone 0121 454 1705; email 

Please stay safe and take care. Please watch our website and social media pages for further updates. (Facebook & Twitter @edwardstrust)


For further information and advice regarding Coronavirus please visit the NHS site at


For 30 years Edward’s Trust have been supporting bereaved families

Edward’s Trust was set up in 1989 by Peter and Hilary Dent in memory of their son Edward, who died aged 7 of cancer at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.  30 years later the Trust still continues to provide much needed support to bereaved families. Edward’s Trust provides holistic family bereavement services supporting children, young people and parents across the West Midlands. We provide support to parents bereaved, or about to bereaved, of their son or daughter – whatever the age of their child. We also provide support to children and young people of school age who are bereaved, or are about to be bereaved, of a parent, significant carer or sibling. A ‘Wellbeing in Bereavement’ service includes complementary therapies and respite bereavement care for bereaved parents and carers. Training and consultation for professionals working with bereaved families or families who are about to be bereaved.

How we help

  • Counselling
  • Wellbeing Therapies
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Support Groups
  • Social Activities
  • Respite Bereavement Care Retreats
  • Remembrance Services
  • Pre-bereavement Support

Our Values


We will act with integrity in all that we do, being mindful and considerate to all. We respect and remember those who have died. Respect is a constant that embraces diversity and uniqueness of experience.


A feeling of trust in tomorrow. We embody, instil and empower a feeling of trust in tomorrow. Hope is the hand to hold. We have a vision that one day there will be a universal understanding of life-changing grief.


Complete and all encompassing. We acknowledge and respond to the needs of the whole person: mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. We recognise the total experience of grief,promoting a holistic approach to bereavement care.


Enabling with compassion and care. We provide responsive support that is appropriate, relevant and meaningful to each individual. Together in safety and strength. Encouraging society to respond appropriately to people facing loss and surviving bereavement.


Embracing professional integrity and creative innovation. We are passionate about providing exceptional services and maintaining the highest standards in all that we do. Excellence is valuing people. We are committed to driving innovation and change.