Tynedale Hospice at Home’s unique film about bereavement – Grief as a Teenager – has made it to the final of the national Charity Film Awards.

We are one of six finalist in the Long Form category (for charities with turnover of under £5 million).

Amelia and Anna who helped create the film along with four other young people

The film was made with the help of six young people who have all been bereaved of a parent in the hope that it will bring comfort to other young people in the same situation who all received one to one support from our Family Support Service.

They came together at the Hospice’s Film Club every fortnight for two months to explore their thoughts, feelings and hope for the future whilst creating a giant collage as a visual display of their experiences – from how they felt at the start of their bereavement journey, to how they are feeling now.

The result is a frank and honest account of the rawness of grief, how it changes you forever and how everyone’s experience is different and deeply personal to them. The film is now being used in one to one and group support for young people experiencing bereavement.

Across the entire awards, 300 entries were received for the Awards, and 50,000 members of the public voted for their favourite to make the judges shortlist.

The Charity Film Awards panel of expert judges included David Eades, Journalist and Newsreader, BBC, Philip Collins, Journalist and Speechwriter, The Times and Georgina Lewis, Head of Marketing the FA.

As well as standing a chance of winning an award in its category, ‘Grief as a Teenager’ is also in with a chance to win  ‘People’s Choice’ Award.  This is given to the film that receives the most public votes.

Emma Andrews, Family Support Practitioner from Tynedale Hospice at Home, said: “We are chuffed to bits to have come this far but our thanks really goes to the young people involved who spoke so honestly and eloquently about their own very personal experiences of being bereaved.  We are so grateful to them.”

We’re appealing to everyone in our local community to get online and vote for ‘Grief as a Teenager.’  It’s completely free to vote, so please, please spare two minutes to register and vote for our film here