Bereavement Support

When you first lose a loved one, there are a lot of arrangements to make, people to notify and formalities to address. You may also be in a degree of shock, which can be both bewildering and numbing. It is not surprising, therefore, that for many people, the process of grieving often begins in earnest after the funeral.

That’s why, after the funeral, we’re still here to help you.

When someone who has shared part of our life dies, the emotions we feel can leave us desolate and confused. Grief is the natural response to a significant loss, and there are several stages in the grieving process, incorporating a number of physical, emotional, and mental states.

It is important to realise that it is normal to experience a wide range of feelings, and we can sometimes feel a sense of intense loneliness. Most people find that they need support to get through the grieving process, whether from family, friends, those who have experienced a similar loss, or a professional person who specialises in grief and bereavement counselling.

As part of our ongoing commitment to you after the funeral, we have gathered some information about the various resources which are available to help you through this difficult time.

To find out more about the support offered by each of these organisations, please click on the links below or telephone for further information and assistance. We have also included resources for those facing end of life situations.

Bereavement resources for adults

Open Monday to Friday 09.30 – 17.00
Helpline: 0844 477 9400
Young Person’s helpline: 0808 808 1677

[email protected]
cruse.org.uk

24 hour helpline support every day of the year for anyone in distress including those who are feeling suicidal.
Tel: 116 123

www.samaritans.org

Provides a self help network across the UK to those who are bereaved through losing their partner/spouse when aged 50 or under, together with their children.
Tel: 0870 011 3450
www.wayfoundation.org.uk

Provides a self help network across the UK to those who are bereaved through losing their partner/spouse when aged 50 or under, together with their children.
Tel: 0870 2413 337
www.uk-sobs.org.uk

Helpline support for anyone affected by the death of a child, irrespective of the age of the child, the relationship or the length of time since the death. Provided by Great Ormond Street and Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospitals.
Open every day 19.00 – 22.00, Monday to Friday 10.00 – 13.00, Wednesday
13.00 – 16.00
Tel: 0800 282986
www.childdeathhelpline.org

Support by telephone, befriending and local groups for anyone affected by the death of a child. Please note that this charity supports people irrespective of the age of the child at the time of death i.e. the child may
have reached adulthood.
Open every day of the year 10.00 – 1600 and 18.30 – 22.30
Tel: 0845 123 2304
www.tcf.org.uk

Support for gay men and lesbians expecting or anticipating bereavement and also for their families and friends.
Open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 19.00 – 22.30
Tel: 020 7403 5969

A self help organisation which exists to meet the needs of those bereaved by the suicide of a family member or anyone close to them.
Open every day 09.00 – 21.00
Tel: 0844 561 6855
www.uk-sobs.org.uk

Tel: 0845 4500 355
www.roadpeace.org

For website – click here:

Tel: 01245 457308, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

For emergencies out of hours, call: 0800 567 0111

For first response with mental health difficulties, call: 0808 196 3494

Website: www.sthelena.org.uk

Tel: 01206 890 360

Website: www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk

Tel: 01473 707999 Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm

Website: www.mnessexmind.org

Tel: 01206 764600, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Established to help those suffering bereavement in the UK to find appropriate local resources.

Live online chat with a Counsellor Griefchat

www.ataloss.org

 

Bereavement resources for children and young people

Open Monday to Friday 09.30 – 17.00
Young Person’s helpline: 0808 808 1677

[email protected]
cruse.org.uk

24 hour helpline for under 18s in distress, including those who are feeling suicidal.
Tel: 116 123

www.samaritans.org

Website: www.farleighhospice.org

Tel: 01245 457308, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

For emergencies out of hours, call: 0800 567 0111

For first response with mental health difficulties, call: 0808 196 3494

Website: www.sthelena.org.uk

Tel: 01206 890 360

A charity that has a dual focus of training professionals who work with families and children affected by a death who also produce excellent resources that can be used by those who are bereaved.
Open every day 19.00 – 22.00
Monday to Friday 10.00 – 13.00
Wednesday 13.00 – 16.00
For the Information and Support Team: 01494 446648
www.childbereavement.org.uk

Gives support for those caring for children affected by the death of a parent or a sibling and to the children themselves.
Helpline: 08452 03 04 05
www.winstonswish.org.uk

Website: www.mnessexmind.org 

Tel: 01206 764600, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

National charity supporting bereaved children and young people. Website www.griefencounter.org.uk

Grieftalk helpline: 0808 8020111 Weekdays 9am to 9pm

Email: [email protected]

Help for those facing end of life circumstances

Website: www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk

Tel: 01473 707999 Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm

Website: www.samaritans.org

Tel: 116 123

Find a counsellor

Professional association and accrediting body for counsellors.
Open Monday to Friday 08.45 – 17.00
Tel: 0870 443 5252
www.bacp.co.uk [includes a ‘Find a Counsellor’ section]

Association and accrediting body for counsellors working from a specifically Christian perspective. Includes ’Find a Counsellor’ on the link.
Tel: 0845 124 9569 or 0845 124 9570
www.acc-uk.org

Providing details of the person who has died to the Bereavement Register helps to prevent direct mailing of advertising material.
Tel: 0870 600 7222
www.the-bereavement-register.org.uk