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Bereavement support services

Bereavement Support Services blog

Although some people prefer to talk to friends and family about their loss, many find specialist bereavement support or talking to a professional counsellor beneficial.

Dying Matters have kindly put together this list of bereavement support services that you may find useful:

Help for people who have been bereaved. Includes a search tool for local support, griefchat service, Grablife activity support weekends, bereavement support for men, and support for young people.

Bereavement Support Service. Support for adults from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic (BAME) communities who’ve been bereaved due to covid-19. Provided by the Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre, which offers therapeutic support in over 20 different languages. 

Child Bereavement UK 
Provides information and support (including a helpline) when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, and when a child is facing bereavement. 

Cruse Bereavement Care
Is a national charity, which provides support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies.

The Good Grief Trust
Help all those affected by grief in the UK. They aim to find the bereaved, acknowledge their grief and provide reassurance, a virtual hand of friendship and ongoing support.

Marie Curie
The Marie Curie Support Line provides practical and emotional support for anyone who’s been bereaved, whether it happened recently or some time ago. You can also get ongoing support from a bereavement volunteer. 

My Wishes 
Is a free online platform that helps you get started thinking about your end of life. It leads you through funeral plans, care plans, bucket lists and more.

Is the leading stillbirth and neonatal death charity in the UK. Sands exists to reduce the number of babies dying and to ensure that anyone affected by the death of a baby receives the best possible care and support for as long as they need it.

Sue Ryder
Supports people who are living with a terminal illness, a neurological condition or who have lost someone.

WAY (Widowed & Young) Foundation. 
WAY is the only national charity in the UK for men and women aged 50 or under when their partner died. It’s a peer-to-peer support group run by a network of volunteers who have been bereaved at a young age. It runs activities and support groups for people coping with grief.

Winston’s Wish. 
A child bereavement charity which offers specialist practical support and guidance to bereaved children, their families and professionals.

More support

  • Some GP surgeries offer a free counselling service, although the number of sessions are usually limited. Ask your GP for information, or about local counselling services in the area.
  • Local counselling services often have charitable status, and offer a ‘pay what you can afford’ policy.
  • Many companies run an Employee Assistance Programme which entitles employees to a set number of free counselling sessions. Ask your manager or Human Resources department for information.
  • To find registered psychotherapists and counsellors in your area, visit the website of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists or the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. Costs will vary, and many therapists have their own websites explaining how they work and what to expect from therapy.
  • Death Doulas are trained to support people through the end of their lives. You can find out more on this at End of Life Doula and how to train as a Death Doula at Living Well, Dying Well.

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