Professionals and Training

Sandy Bear Bereavement Practitioner

With the roles of professionals and those supporting people being so broad, it is often impossible to be trained and have extensive experience in one area specifically. Sandy Bear is able to offer advice, guidance and signposting over the telephone and email when you are working with a bereaved young person and/or their family.

How to refer into Sandy Bear?

You are able to refer people to our full service through the forms linked below. This has to be with the consent of those being referred to the service.

How are we funded?

We are funded through a range of statutory and voluntary commissions and grants, the remainder of funds raised are through community fundraising and the massive support of our local fundraisers and supporters across the country.

In areas we are funded our full service is free, in those areas we don’t operate fully there is the option to discuss Individual funding options through local commissioning, service budgets or Social Prescribing. We are always happy to discuss options or ideas.


We work regularly with Education, health, social care and the emergency services. We are able to offer half and full day training on supporting Children and young people who have been bereaved as well as anticipatory grief where someone close to them has received a diagnosis of terminal illness.

Our training offers some theoretical, but mostly practical approaches to make conversations about death, and bereavement easier to discuss. Attendees regularly comment on how they are pleased to gain some new skills which help them in their everyday work.

We are accredited with Continuing Professional Development. Some of our training can attract CPD credits towards ongoing development and professional practice.

Get in touch to discuss training needs for your team or organisation.

Referral Form


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