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Bereavement support organisations

Two organisations provide online directories of other local and national bereavement support organisations throughout the UK:

At A Loss is the UK’s bereavement signposting website to find information and support services.

The Good Grief Trust provides a helpful directory of organisations offering bereavement support.

Here are a few specific specialist organisations who can help you in your grief:

A Child Of Mine provides families with emotional support, practical information and guidance after the most unimaginable loss, when a baby or child has died. They also offer training and education to healthcare professionals from a parent’s perspective.

The BEAD Project provides information, support and hope for anyone whose loved one has died as a result of drug or alcohol use.

Brake is a road safety charity that runs a helpline for anyone bereaved as a result of a road crash. They also runs free courses to train people to educate young drivers about the consequences of dangerous driving behaviours.

Child Bereavement UK provides support to families and professionals when a child dies or when a child is bereaved of someone important in their lives. Services offered include a Support and Information Line, Buckinghamshire-based Family Bereavement Support Service, interactive website with a Families and Professionals Forum, resources and Professionals Training Programme.

Child Death Helpline A telephone helpline for anyone affected by the death of a child, from pre-birth to the death of an adult child, however long ago, and whatever the circumstances. It is staffed by experienced and trained bereaved parent volunteers.

The Compassionate Friends is an organisation of bereaved parents and their families offering understanding, support and encouragement to others after the death of a child or children. They also offer support, advice and information to other relatives, friends and professionals who are helping the family.

The Coroners Courts Support Service gives emotional & practical support to families & witnesses attending Inquests at specific Coroner’s Court locations, detailed on their website.

Cruse Bereavement Care is the largest bereavement support organisation for both adults and children in the UK. Provides one-to-one support to anyone who has suffered bereavement, together with a telephone helpline. Their website gives further information and contact details for local branches.

Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland provides similar support to Cruse in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Their website gives further information and contact details for local branches.

CRY Cardiac Risk in the Young supports those bereaved through young sudden cardiac death (also known as SADS, SDS); and has a Surgery Supporters Network for young people (aged 14-35) diagnosed with a cardiac condition. CRY promotes heart screening and ECG testing programmes, and funds the CRY Centre for Sports Cardiology and the CRY Centre for Cardiac Pathology.

DrugFam supports families affected by a loved one’s use of drugs or alcohol, working with individual family members and carers rather than the user. They offer telephone support, befriending, counselling, local support groups in Buckinghamshire and bereavement support.

Grief Chat provides a safe place for grieving or bereaved people to be able to share their story, explore their feelings and get support from a qualified, professional bereavement counsellor via an online instant chat service.

Grief Encounter supports bereaved children and their families to help alleviate the pain caused by the death of someone close.  The website contains helpful support pages for families, young people, professionals and schools.

Grief Talk is a free helpline from Grief Encounter providing instant, confidential advice and support for bereaved children, young people and adults – available on the phone, via online chat and email.

Inquest provides help and advice for those facing an inquest following a death in custody, or where there have been multi-agency or state-related failings.

The Loss Foundation provides bereavement support to spouses, family members, friends or colleagues following the loss of a loved one to cancer or COVID-19.

The Lullaby Trust provides expert advice on safer sleep for babies, emotional support for bereaved families and raises awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Miscarriage Association provides information and support for those who have been affected by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy.

Open offers resources to help those affected by unintended pregnancy, abortion and miscarriage to address their concerns in a safe and confidential setting, and aims to create an environment within churches where these issues can be shared with grace and compassionate understanding.

SADS UK Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome is a national cardiac charity providing support to families and individuals affected by a sudden unexpected death. Qualified counsellors and support contacts offer assistance after the death of a child or young spouse. Retreats for the bereaved. Also supports those diagnosed with cardiac conditions and donates cardiac equipment to medical establishments.

Samaritans provide confidential non-judgemental emotional support 24 hours a day to people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.

SAMM Support after Murder and Manslaughter support those who have been bereaved as a result of murder or manslaughter, through a telephone helpline, information and other activities, including local groups.

Sands Still and Neonatal Death Charity offer support when your baby dies during pregnancy or after birth.

Saying Goodbye provides comprehensive information, advice, support and much more to anyone who has suffered the loss of a baby, at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy. It also organises remembrance services in Cathedrals for those who have lost a child at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy.

The Support After Suicide Partnership brings together suicide bereavement organisations and people with lived experience, to achieve a vision that everyone bereaved or affected by suicide is offered timely and appropriate support.

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide provide help and support to those bereaved by the suicide of a relative or close friend. They provide information, a helpline and other activities, including local groups and events throughout the UK.

The Twins Trust Bereavement Support Group exists to support all parents and carers of multiples who have experienced loss whether it was during pregnancy, at birth or at any point afterwards.

Together for Short Lives provides support for families where children have life-threatening and life-limiting conditions. They also offer a helpline and advocacy service.

WAY Widowed and Young is a UK charity that offers a peer-to-peer support network for anyone who’s lost a partner before their 51st birthday – married or not, with or without children, whatever their sexual orientation.

Winston’s Wish support bereaved children and young people up to the age of 18 through a whole range of activities, including a helpline, group work, residential events and resources.

2 Wish Upon a Star is a Welsh charity providing bereavement support for families who have suddenly and traumatically lost a child or young adult aged 25 years and under.

Specialist Support from Care for the Family:

Bereaved Parent Support provides support for any parent whose son or daughter has died at any age, in any circumstances, and at any stage in their journey of grieving.  We provide a telephone befriending service (for those who have lost a child aged 35 or under), day and weekend support events, a regular email support newsletter, a Facebook page, personal stories and helpful articles, and short support films in the Bereavement Playlist on Care for the Family’s YouTube channel.  We also run ‘Brothers and Sisters: life after loss’ events and a closed Facebook group to support bereaved adult siblings.

Widowed Young Support provides support for anyone whose partner has died early in life (up to age 50, or older if there are dependent children).  We provide a telephone befriending service, day and weekend support events, a regular email support newsletter, a Facebook page, personal stories and helpful articles, and short support films in the Bereavement Playlist on Care for the Family’s YouTube channel.

This information is supplied in good faith, but Care for the Family cannot accept responsibility for any advice or recommendations made by other organisations or resources.

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