The Alder Centre

Alder Centre

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Watch the 2021 Candle Light Service Live

The 2021 Candle Light Service is set to take place on Thursday 9th December 2021 at 7.30pm. The service will be live streamed via the official Alder Hey YouTube channel, but you can also watch it below. Click here for more information.

Click here to view the Candle Service 2021 Order of Service

About Us

The Alder Centre is a place like no other, providing bereavement care and education for anyone affected by the death of a child of any age.

The loss of a child, regardless of how old you or the child is, is one of the worst things that can happen. No-one will be able to tell you exactly how it feels because everyone reacts and feels differently. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. The experience of grief can involve a range of feelings, including numbness, disbelief, anger, guilt, sadness, emptiness, relief and denial. Feelings can be so mixed up that you might wonder if you are going mad, or if you will ever be able to enjoy life again. This is a perfectly normal reaction to the range of emotions involved.

Established in 1989, as a partnership between professionals and bereaved parents, the Alder Centre provides a variety of free, confidential services to people bereaved through child loss.

For information on any of our services or to make a referral, please contact us through the details on this website which you can find here.

We’re here to help.

Take a tour of the Alder Centre

What the Alder Centre means

Families share their experiences with the Alder Centre

Georgie.jpgThe Weaver Family's Story

Elliott 1.jpgChris Lamb's Story

Donate to the Alder Centre

You can donate to the Alder Centre through the official Alder Hey Charity website. Click the below donate button, enter your amount and select 'Alder Centre' from the dropdown before sending your donation.

Contact us on

or 0151 252 5391

We are available on weekdays 9am to 5pm (4.30pm on Fridays).

Find us

Our new Alder Centre building is next to the new Sunflower House building, just off Eaton Road. Face to face sessions are now running again, though online/ telephone sessions are also still available, if required.


child death helpline logo.jpg      Further support from our volunteers can be found at the Child Death Helpline.

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