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Most people experience grief when they lose something or someone important to them. If these feelings are affecting your life, there are things you can try that may help.

Support is also available if you're finding it hard to cope with stress, anxiety or depression.



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  • Working with Bereaved Children, Young People and their Families 

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Bereavement Support Organisations 

At A Loss

Is an organisation which is committed to ensuring that everyone in the UK who has suffered a significant loss can locate support. The website aims to provide an access point to a range of bereavement support, including Grab Life for those aged 18-30. Follow the link for At A Loss

The BEAD Project

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

Follow the link for The BEAD project

Brake This road safety charity runs a helpline (0845 603 8570) for anyone bereaved as a result of a road crash. You can find out more at Follow the link for Brake

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. Website: Follow the link for Child Bereavement UK Tel: (01494) 446648

Child Death Helpline

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. Freephone number: 0800 282986 Website: Follow the link for Child Death Helpline

The Compassionate Friends

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. Website: Follow the link for The Compassionate Friends Helpline: 0845 123 2304

The Coroners Courts Support Service

Gives emotional & practical support to families & witnesses attending Inquests at specific Coroner's Court locations, detailed on their website. Follow the link for the Coroners Courts Support Service Phone: 0203 667 7884

Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse is the largest bereavement support organisation for both adults and children in the UK. They provide one-to-one support to anyone who has suffered bereavement, together with a telephone helpline (0844 477 9400). Their website gives further information and contact details for local branches. Follow the link for Cruse Bereavement Care

CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) 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.  Follow the link for CRY  Phone: 01737 363222


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.  Follow the link for DrugFAM Helpline: 0300 888 3853

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. Follow the link for Grief Encounter 020 8371 8455


A small charity providing help and advice for those facing an inquest. Although the organisation’s focus is particularly on state-related deaths, the online Inquest Handbook contains useful information for anyone facing an Inquest. Follow the link for 

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). Follow the link for the Lullaby Trust 0808 802 6868

Miscarriage Association

Miscarriage can be a very unhappy, frightening and lonely experience. Support, information and comfort are provided for those who have been affected by the loss of a baby in pregnancy, whether recently or long ago. Follow the link for the Miscarriage Association Helpline: (01924) 200799

SADS UK – Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome

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.  Follow the link for SADS UK Phone: 01277 811215


Provides 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.  Follow the link for the Samaritans  Phone: 08457 90 90 90

SAMM – Support After Murder and Manslaughter

Supporting those who have been bereaved as a result of murder or manslaughter, through a telephone helpline (0845 872 3440), information and other activities, including local groups. Follow the link for SAMM

SANDS – Still and Neonatal Death Charity

Offers support when your baby dies during pregnancy or after birth. Helpline: (020) 7436 5881  Follow the link for SANDS

Saying Goodbye

Organises memorial services in Cathedrals throughout the UK for those who have experienced miscarriage or early loss. Tel: 0845 293 8027 Website: Follow the link for Saying Goodbye

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (previously known as SOBS)

Providing help and support to those bereaved by the suicide of a relative or close friend. They provide information, a helpline (0844 561 6855) and other activities, including local groups and events throughout the UK.  Follow the link for SOBS

Tamba bsg – Twin and Multiple Birth Association – bereavement support group

Supporting parents who have lost a baby or babies during a multiple pregnancy or at any stage after birth.  Follow the link for Tabba bsg Phone: 0870 770 3305

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. Follow the link for Together for Short Lives Helpline: 0808 8088 100

WAY (Widowed and Young) Foundation

Providing support, advice and friendship to those who have been bereaved of a partner under the age of 50.  Follow the link to WAY Phone 0870 011 3450.

Winston’s Wish

Supports bereaved children and young people up to the age of 18 through a whole range of activities, including a helpline (08452 030405), group work, residential events and resources. Follow the link to Winston's WIsh

Specialist Support from Care for the Family:

Bereaved Parent Support 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. Follow the link for Care For The Family

Widowed Young Support 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. Follow the link for Widowed Young Support

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