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Bereavement and Funeral Support

Support for Adults

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

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. website

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. Cruse Bereavement Care The William and Patricia Venton Centre Junction RoadAnswerphone out of hours or email: or visit the website at

Grief Encounter - are you a caregiver who needs advice on how to support young people following the death of a parent or sibling? Do you need to talk? You can call, email or instant chat with trained professionals at grieftalk, 5 days a week, 9 am – 9 pm.

Talk to grieftalk from any phone for free 0808 802 0111. 

The Good Grief Trust -  exists to help all those suffering grief in the UK. We aim to find the bereaved, acknowledge their grief and provide reassurance, a virtual hand of friendship and ongoing support. Our vision is to bring all bereavement services together around the country, to ensure that everyone receives the support they need to move forward with their lives. e: 

Mind - Losing someone important to us can be emotionally devastating - whether that be a partner, family member, friend or pet. It is natural to go through a range of physical and emotional processes as we gradually come to terms with the loss. 

National Bereavement Service -They can help with the registration of the death, funeral arrangements, and discussion of wills, and can steer you through the basic steps that have to be completed when someone dies. T: 0800 0246 121 Lines open Monday-Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday 9am-4pm. 

SAMM - supporting families bereaved by Murder and Manslaughter. If you have been bereaved by murder or manslaughter you may find it difficult to make the first call, regardless of how long it is since you were bereaved. Perhaps you can ask a family member, a friend, or your Police family liaison officer to make the call on your behalf. National Office: 0121 472 2912. e:

Sue Ryder - A community support resource, offering free support and advice for those who are living with someone who is dying. T: 0845 050 1953


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. T: 0870 2413337 - 9.00am to 9.00pm daily


Turn2us - If you are recently bereaved, there may be benefits, grants or other financial support available to you with  Bereavement Support Payment - if your husband, wife or civil partner died on or after 6 April 2017 and you are under State Pension age, you may be able to get bereavement support payment.

Widowed Parent's Allowance - if your husband, wife or civil partner died before 6 April 2017, you are pregnant or have dependent children under the age of 19 (or 20 if getting Child Benefit for them) and you were married or in a civil partnership when your partner died.

St Wilfrid's 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. Website:

Telephone: 01323 434257 e:

WAY widowed and young - 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. It’s a peer-to-peer support group operating with a network of volunteers who have been bereaved at a young age themselves, so they understand exactly what other members are going through.

Loss of a Baby or Child

Bereaved Parent Support - the death of a child, of any age, brings heartbreak and devastation. Whether your child died recently or some time ago, Bereaved Parent Support is here to help you find hope, healing, peace, and a way forward. Look here for articles and personal stories from others who have faced a similar loss. You can also find out about our telephone befriending service and events, especially for bereaved parents.  Monday 10:00 to 17:00, Tuesday – Thursday 9:00 to 17:00,  Friday – 9:00 to 16:30. Call us: 029 2081 0800 e: 

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 e:

Child Death Helpline - we’re here to listen. We understand that the death of a child is one of the most devastating events that anyone may experience. Sometimes the feelings of grief can be so overwhelming that they make everyday living very difficult – we’re here to help. Our dedicated helpline offers support to anyone affected by the death of a child of any age, under any circumstances, however recent or long ago. Call our freephone helpline on 0800 282 986 or 0808 800 6019 if calling from a mobile. 

CRY - The emotional impact of the sudden, seemingly inexplicable death of a young person on their family cannot be underestimated. CRY offers emotional and clinical support following a young sudden cardiac death.T: 01737 363222 (Available 10 am – 5 pm Monday to Friday excluding Bank Holidays) 

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.

The Lullaby Trust -  raises awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), provides expert advice on safer sleep for babies and offers emotional support for bereaved families. Bereavement Support: 0808 802 6868.  e:

SANDS - supports anyone affected by the death of a baby, to improve the bereavement care received by parents and families, and to influence policymakers 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. e:

You Raise Me Up  -  the charity’s 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 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”. 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 there is no financial help available for elsewhere. T: 01323 482772 e:

The Lullaby Trust -  raises awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), provides expert advice on safer sleep for babies and offers emotional support for bereaved families. Bereavement Support: 0808 802 6868 e:

Bereavement Support for Children and Young Adults

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. T: 01323 434257. 

The Childhood Bereavement Network (CBN)-  is the hub for those working with bereaved children, young people and their families across the UK. We underpin our members’ work with essential support and representation: bringing them together across localities, disciplines and sectors to improve bereavement care for children. 

Sibling Support -  helping you cope with the death of your brother or sister.  e:

The Seahorse Project

Bereavement support for children and young people run by St. Wilfrid’s but open to anyone, no connection to St. Wilfrid’s necessary.

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 e:

Grief Encounter - We support bereaved children and their families to help alleviate the pain caused by the death of someone close. Our services are free, funded through the generosity of our supporters. T: 0808 802 0111

Mon-Fri 9am-9pm  

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. 


Cruse Bereavement Care - the national charity for bereaved people. They offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies and work to enhance society’s care of bereaved people. Cruse offers face-to-face, telephone, email and website support. Freephone national helpline 0808 808 1677, local services Tel: 01323 642942 e: , and a website specifically for children and young people. .

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:

Help and support for Funerals

Government step-by-step guide -  what to do when someone dies.

Bereavement Register - If someone you know has died, we can help reduce the amount of direct mail sent to them—stopping painful daily reminders. By registering with our free service, the names and addresses of the deceased are removed from mailing lists, stopping most direct mail within as little as six weeks.

Tell Us Once - a free service that lets you report a death to most government organisations in one go. When you register the death, the registrar will let you know if the service is available in your area and give you the phone number. They can also give you a unique reference number if you would prefer to use the Tell Us Once online service.

Bereavement line (Department of Work and Pensions)- call the helpline to find out if any bereavement benefits are due and notify the DWP about the death. You won’t have to do this if you’re using the Tell Us Once service.T: 0800 731 0469 Textphone: 0800 731 0464.

Child Funeral Charity - financial support for families struggling to meet the cost of a child’s funeral. Applications need to be made before the funeral arrangements are finalised. T: 01480 276 088  

Funeral Expenses Payment - you could get a Funeral Expenses Payment (also called a Funeral Payment) if you get certain benefits and need help to pay for a funeral you’re arranging.

Funeral Choice - an organisation which offers advice around organising funerals, including a directory of local funeral directors. The website includes information around planning, attending and paying for funerals. T: 01983 754387 

Turn2us - Funeral Payment - if you are (or your partner was) receiving certain benefits and you are responsible for funeral costs.

Funeral Support Payment (Scotland only) - if you live in Scotland, you are (or your partner was) receiving certain benefits and you are responsible for funeral costs.

Humanists UK- Humanists UK can help if you want a non-religious funeral ceremony. Find a celebrant in your area.T: 020 7324 3060. 

Institute of Civil Funerals - The IoCF can explain what is involved in arranging a civil funeral, how to find a celebrant, the history of this form of ceremony and how funeral professionals can work with IoCF members. T: 014808 61411.  

Muslim Council of Britain - contact the Council for advice on Muslim funeral ceremonies and customs. T: 0845 26 26 786.  

Natural Death Centre - If you’re looking for help, support, advice or guidance planning a funeral, either for yourself or for someone close to you, the Natural Death Centre Charity can help. The website includes a list of green burial sites and advice on woodland burials. T: 01962 712 690. 

One Spirit Interfaith Foundation - a national organisation that can provide representatives to help plan tailor-made ceremonies, with or without a spiritual element. 

Quaker Social Action: Down to earth - supports people to identify and arrange an affordable and meaningful funeral. They can do this face to face, over the phone or by email. T: 020 8983 5055.  

United Synagogue - offers advice and support for planning a Jewish funeral ceremony.

T: 020 8343 6283.  

Association of Green Funeral Directors - an organisation which can help you find a funeral director in your area with eco-friendly funeral options.T: 0330 221 1018 w: 

The Buddhist Society - the Buddhist tradition is very diverse and there is no single funeral service or ritual common to all Buddhists. The Buddhist Society may be able to advise or suggest local contacts who can help with organising Buddhist funeral services. T: 020 7834 5858. 

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