Further information and support
The journey of grief doesn’t end with the funeral and for some people it’s only the beginning.
Thankfully, there are a whole host of organisations in the UK dedicated to providing bereavement support.
AbilityNet Free Services
As a charity AbilityNet exists to change the lives of older and disabled people by helping them to use digital technology. Their vision is a digital world, equally accessible to all. They are supported by IBM and Microsoft and offer a range of free services which includes a free helpline 0800 048 7642 available 9-5 Monday-Friday for technology advice and information.
Art of Dying Well
The Art of Dying Well offers practical and spiritual support to those faced with the prospect of death and dying.
At A Loss
AtaLoss.org is a charitable movement of people across the UK who are passionate about enabling the bereaved to receive the support that they need – in easing the pain together.
The BEAD Project
BEAD stands for Bereaved through Alcohol and Drugs. It’s a partnership between Cruse Bereavement Care and Adfam, that provides practical and emotional support and information specifically for anyone bereaved through a loved one’s drug or alcohol use.
Brake is a road safety charity working with communities and organisations across the UK to stop the tragedy of road deaths and injuries, make streets and communities safer, and support people who have been bereaved or seriously injured on roads. It also provides a helpline to victims of road accidents.
Care for the Family Bereaved Parent Support
Care for the Family’s Bereaved Parent Support provides 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.
Child Bereavement UK
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.
Child Death Helpline
The Child Death Helpline aims to provide a quality freephone service to anyone affected by the death of a child of any age. Callers to the helpline might be parents, grandparents, siblings, other family members, friends or involved professionals.
Child Funeral Charity
Child Funeral Charity (CFC) assists families financially in England and Wales who have to arrange a funeral for a baby or child aged 16 or under.
Citizens Advice is a network of 316 independent charities throughout the United Kingdom that gives free, confidential information and advice to assist people with money, legal, consumer and other problems.
The Compassionate Friends
The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is a charitable organisation of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents dedicated to the support and care of other similarly bereaved family members who have suffered the death of a child or children of any age and from any cause.
The Coroners Courts Support Service
The Coroners’ Courts Support Service (CCSS) is an independent voluntary organisation whose trained volunteers offer emotional support and practical help to bereaved families, witnesses and others attending an Inquest at a Coroner’s Court.
Cruse Bereavement Care
Cruse offers face-to-face, telephone, email and website support. The charity runs a freephone national helpline and local services, and a website (hopeagain.org.uk) specifically for children and young people.
Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland
Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland (CBCS) exists to promote the well-being of bereaved people in Scotland.
CRY Cardiac Risk in the Young
CRY supports young people diagnosed with potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions and offers bereavement support to families affected by YSCD.
Down to Earth
Run by Quaker Social Action, this organisation can guide people in financial need to plan affordable and meaningful funerals.
Dying Matters is a coalition of individual and organisational members across England and Wales, which aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life.
Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates
A Governmental department which is able to provide information about repatriations of deceased people.
GriefChat was devised as a safe space for grieving or bereaved people to be able to share their story, explore their feelings and be supported by a qualified bereavement counsellor. In addition to this, GriefChat can help bereaved people to consider if they need additional support and where to get this from. Using GriefChat is free of charge and is open Monday-Friday, 9am-9pm (UK time) to grieving or bereaved people.
Supports bereaved children and their families to help alleviate the pain caused by the death of someone close.
The British Humanist Association encompasses the Humanist Ceremonies network of trained and accredited Humanist celebrants throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Provides free and independent advice to bereaved people following a death in state care or detention in England and Wales, and in other cases where wider issues of state and corporate accountability are in question.
The Lullaby Trust
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
The Miscarriage Association acknowledges the distress associated with pregnancy loss and strives to make a positive difference to those it affects.
Money Advice Trust
The Money Advice Trust helps people across the UK to tackle their debts and manage their money with confidence.
National Association of Funeral Directors
Established in 1905, the NAFD is a leading funeral profession trade association and represents independent businesses, corporate businesses and major funeral groups.
The Natural Death Centre
A charity which provides help and advice in planning funerals.
National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors
SAIF is a leading funeral profession trade association and represents the interests of independent funeral directors across the UK.
A website which offers resources for obituaries and funerals.
Paul’s Fund and Paul’s Place Grants
Provides holiday breaks to young adults with a terminal or life limiting illness, facing bereavement or being a long term, unpaid carer.
SADS UK Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome
Provides information and support to individuals and families affected by cardiac conditions or a sudden cardiac death.
The UK-wide bereavement service offered by independent funeral directors in membership of the National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors.
Samaritans is a charity dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and disconnection that can lead to suicide.
SAMM Support after Murder and Manslaughter
SAMM is a national UK Charity (No 1000598) supporting families bereaved by Murder and Manslaughter.
Sands Still and Neonatal Death Charity
Sands is the stillbirth and neonatal death charity. It operates throughout the UK, supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby, working to improve the care bereaved parents receive, and promoting research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives.
Saying Goodbye provides comprehensive information, advice, support and much more to anyone who has suffered the loss of a baby, at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy
Support after Suicide
Special interest group of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance which focuses on supporting those bereaved or affected by suicide. A wide range of resources, leaflets and guides including Help is at Hand, Finding the Words, Compassionate Friends’ child suicide leaflet and If U Care Share Foundation’s Road Ahead guide.
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide exists to meet the needs and break the isolation experienced by those bereaved by suicide.
TAMBA (Twin and Multiple Birth Association)
The Tamba Bereavement Support Group (BSG) exists to support all parents and carers of multiples who have experienced loss whether it was during pregnancy, at birth or at any point afterwards.
Together for Short Lives
Together for Short Lives is a UK charity that helps 49,000 seriously ill children and their families to make the most of every moment they have together.
10 Steps of Dealing With a Bereavement
Trust Inheritance is a limited company which offers a range of practical and legal support following a bereavement; accessible online, over the phone or face to face. In addition to its commercial services, its team offers free probate advice and practical tools, including its 10 Steps of Dealing With a Bereavement tool, which can be viewed here.
Winston’s Wish was the UK’s first childhood bereavement charity and provides specialist child bereavement support services across the UK, including in-depth therapeutic help in individual, group and residential settings.