Bereavement Support

Support for Adults

Cruse - Cruse offers free confidential support for adults and children and this can be by telephone, email or face-to-face. Cruse Bereavement Care will support you after the death of someone close. For more information contact Cruse by telephone: on 01323 642942. Office open Monday-Friday. 10:30 - 12:30pm. Answerphone out of hours or email: or visit the website at

SANDS - Sands exists to support anyone affected by the death of a baby, to improve the bereavement care received by parents and families, and to influence policy makers and promote research to reduce the number of babies dying. They offer one-to-one support on the phone, face-to-face and by email. They also organise a monthly support group. Venues alternate between Brighton, Worthing and Eastbourne. T: 07799 031645



Shinewater Shaftesbury Centre - Their team of volunteer counsellors are available Monday to Friday in the morning or early afternoon with some sessions available in the evening. If you feel that you would benefit from counselling, please contact them at the centre and they will arrange for a referral form to be sent to you. Once you have completed and returned the form you will be placed on their waiting list. Tel: 01323 760654 email:

Child Bereavement UK - supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement  T: 0800 028 8840

You Raise Me Up  -  The charity was founded by Fraser and Jane Brooks in June 2011 following the sudden loss of their daughter Megan. The charity’s sole purpose is to raise funds to support families that have suffered the loss of an adult child between the age of 16 and 25 and to be able to provide compassion, support and simply to be able to say “we totally understand” rather than “we cannot imagine what you are going through. The financial strains that a funeral can put on those left behind can be be of real concern as no parent wants to feel like they are ‘scrimping’ on their child’s send off. It is a real, yet sad fact that no parent should have to even consider saving and planning for the funeral of their child. Yet the cost of ensuring that you have the opportunity to give your child a beautiful and deserving service is something that no financial help, for a teenager of a certain age, is available for. The charity therefore aims to provide financial aid to help provide the funeral that child deserves. T: 01323 482772.

St Wilfrids Hospice (Bereavement Service) - Led by qualified counsellors, counselling and bereavement support is available to the family and friends of anyone cared for by St Wilfrid’s.


Telephone: 01323 434257


Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society - provides support for bereaved parents whose baby is stillborn or dies within the first 28 days of life.
Tel: 0207 4367940 - details of local support will be made available from this service
Helpline: Tel: 0207 4365881 10.00am to 5.30pm

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide - exist to meet the needs and overcome the isolation experienced by people over 18 who have been bereaved by suicide. Phone: Contact Peter on 07902 084 397 Email: Tel: 0870 2413337 - 9.00am to 9.00pm daily

Eastbourne DGH Bereavement Office

Eastbourne T: 01323 414995

Sudden Death Support Association - Tel: 01189 733939

The Compassionate Friends - They provide one-to-one support, local support groups, and also produce a range of publications for parents, children, grandparents and professionals specifically dealing with the death of a brother or sister.

Telephone: 0345 123 2304

National Bereavement Service -They can help with a registration of death, funeral arrangements, and discussion of wills, and can steer you through the basic steps that have to be completed when someone dies.


Telephone: 0800 0246 121 Lines open Monday-Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday 9am-4pm.

Gingerbread (Bereavement) - This charity supports single parent families and is a source of information regarding finances, available benefits, funeral expenses, childcare arrangements, and who needs to be notified in the event of a bereavement.


Telephone: 0808 802 0925

Lines open Mondays 10am - 6pm, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10am - 4pm, Wednesday 10am - 1pm, 5pm - 7pm

Sue Ryder - A community support resource, offering free support and advice for those who are living  with someone who is dying.

Telephone: 0845 050 1953


Royal College of Psychiatrists

Full leaflet available on website

Child and Young Adult Bereavement Support

** See also Cruse above.**

St Wilfrid’s Bereavement Support for Children - children may need special support both before and after the death of a relative or someone close to them. They may need counselling before a loved one dies and the hospice offers pre-bereavement care for families and patients close to the end of life to help. Pre-bereavement counselling is the child’s opportunity to discuss, think and talk about worries and fears, as well as feelings and emotions they want to share. W:

T: 01323 434257

Twinkling Stars - Remembering our lost children. Twinkling stars is a fundraising group set up to help families living in the Eastbourne area who have lost an infant child and are in the need of financial support to help with the cost of a lasting memorial. Twinkling stars fundraise through Christmas parties, Halloween discos, table top and boots sales. If you have anything suitable to donate they would be happy to receive it.

Telephone: 01323 768956 or 07876185249


Child Bereavement UK - supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement  T: 0800 028 8840

Hope Again - is the youth website of Cruse Bereavement Care. It is a safe place where you can learn from other young people, how to cope with grief, and feel less alone. Here you will find information about Cruse services, a listening ear from other young people and advice for any young person dealing with the loss of a loved one. Hope Again provides somewhere to turn to when someone dies. t: 0808 808 1677 w: 


Winston's Wish - support bereaved children, their families, and the professionals who support them. As the first charity to establish child bereavement support services in the UK, they continue to lead the way in providing specialist child bereavement support services across the UK, including in-depth therapeutic help in individual, group and residential settings. T: 0808 802 0021. E:

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Tel. 01323 381811

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