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Support for bereaved parents and family (general)


Area served: Wales

Telephone: 01443 853125

Website: www.2wish.org.uk

2wish support anyone affected by the death of a child or young adult who has died suddenly or unexpectedly. A child is someone under the age of 18 and a young adult is aged 25 years and under. The child or young person who has died must be Welsh, must have resided in Wales or the death must have occurred in Wales.



A Child of Mine

Area served: Staffordshire

Telephone: 07803 751229

Website: www.achildofmine.org.uk

Provides confidential emotional support, information, guidance and a listening ear to any family who has lost a child at any age or gestation, and from any circumstances. 1 to 1 emotional support, group sessions, days out and small financial grants to parents and families across Staffordshire. Groups are also provided for both younger and older bereaved children who have lost a sibling. They can offer telephone and email emotional support to families outside of Staffordshire, and signposting to other local organisations and charities.


Hours: Helpline, Monday to Friday 9-5


Aidan's Elephants

Area served: National

Website: www.aidanselephants.co.uk

A charity which donates memory boxes, receipt of life certificates and other memory keepsakes to Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, Yorkshire. Also offers national online support via its website and social media to anyone affected by the loss of a baby or young child of any gestation or age. Will signpost bereaved parents to other organisations where necessary.




Area served: Cheshire & Merseyside, Lancashire, South Yorkshire, Kent & Medway, Thames Valley, Coventry & Warwickshire, Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Telephone: 0330 088 9255

Website: www.amparo.org.uk

Amparo provides emotional and practical support for anybody who has felt the impact of suicide. The service is not just for 'next of kin' and it is free and completely confidential. Support can be provided one-to-one, to family groups, groups of work colleagues – whatever is most appropriate to your situation. Amparo can also help with a range of practical matters such as: dealing with police and coroners; helping with media enquiries; preparing for and attending an inquest and helping you to access other, appropriate, local support services.


Hours: Helpline, Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm


Anam Cara Northern Ireland

Area served: Northern Ireland

Telephone: 028 9521 3120

Website: www.anamcarani.co.uk

An organisation in Northern Ireland providing online, 1 to 1 support calls and face to face peer support services for bereaved parents and siblings.



At a Loss

Area served: National

Website: www.ataloss.org

At a Loss is the UK's national bereavement signposting website. You can find bereavement services appropriate to your loss and wherever you live in one place along with practical information, helpful resources and helplines. They also hold GriefChat, a free webchat service if you would like advice or to 'talk'. Their service is free to anyone bereaved, whatever their age, gender or cultural background and also for anyone supporting bereaved individuals. From September 2022, offering online therapy groups for loss to cancer and coronavirus loss



Balloons Charity

Area served: Exeter, Mid and East Devon

Telephone: 01392 826065

Website: www.balloonscharity.co.uk

Balloons is a charity that provides support for pre-bereaved and post-bereaved children, young people and their families in Exeter, Mid and East Devon. They provide a dedicated phone line, one-to-one support with children and young people in a safe environment.



Bereaved through Alcohol and Drugs (BEAD)

Area served: National

Website: www.beadproject.org.uk

Bereaved through Alcohol and Drugs (BEAD) is a website that aims to be a source of information, support and hope for anyone bereaved through drug or alcohol use. Whatever your experience of being bereaved through alcohol or drugs, they reassure everyone that they are not alone in what they are going through.

The BEAD project is a partnership between Cruse Bereavement Care and ADFAM. Funding finished in 2017 and therefore they are no longer able to provide new support. However, the website remains as a source of information and support.


Brake Charity

Area served: National

Telephone: 0808 8000 401

Website: www.brake.org.uk

National organisation aiming to create a world where everyone is free to move in a safe and healthy way, every day. They work to stop road deaths and injuries, campaign for safe and healthy mobility for all, whilst supporting people affected by road crashes. They offer a road victim service to support people bereaved by road crashes.


Hours: Helpline, Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm


Bristol Drugs Project (BDP)

Area served: Bristol

Telephone: 0117 987 6000

Website: www.bdp.org.uk

Bristol drug project is a free drug and alcohol support offering a range of services. They are open and inclusive and have designed a range of support options for women, children and young people, older people, students, veterans, men and LGBT+.


Hours: Helpline, Monday to Friday 9-5


Butterflies Bereavement Support

Area served: Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

Telephone: 02381 55 00 66

Website: www.butterfliesbereavement.co.uk

Butterflies bereavement support is a community based bereavement charity. They reach out to each other, in love and understanding with tolerance and patience. They aim to transform lives through the provision of accessible bereavement care and support for all ages. All services, groups and activities are open to the whole community on an equal basis.


Hours: Helpline, Monday to Wednesday 10am to 12.30pm


Care for the Family

Area served: National

Telephone: 029 2081 0800

Website: www.careforthefamily.org.uk

A Christian organisation, offering hope and comfort to those who have a lost a child of any age, in any circumstance and at any time following the death – through a telephone support network, events and a regular email newsletter. The majority of their resources are accessible to people of all faiths and of none. However, they do provide resources especially for those who share their Christian faith.



Child Bereavement UK (CBUK)

Area served: National

Telephone: 0800 02 888 40

Website: www.childbereavementuk.org

Supporting children, young people, parents, and families to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. They also educates professionals when a baby or child dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.



Child Death Helpline

Area served: National

Telephone: 0800 282 986

Website: www.childdeathhelpline.org.uk

They offer a helpline that is operated by a dedicated team of volunteers who are all bereaved parents. They support a parent who has lost a child of any age, under any circumstances, and however recently or long ago, that are here to help. They also offer support to grandparents, siblings and the extended family, as well as professionals who have been impacted by the death of a child.


Hours: Helpline, open every evening 7pm - 10pm


Child Loss Matters (Omagh)

Area served: Omagh

Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/453311489977130/

Services: Peer and group support for bereaved parents in Omagh, Northern Ireland


Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS)

Area served: Scotland

Telephone: 0131 444 1900

Website: www.chas.org.uk

One to one support, counselling, group support, newsletters to the whole extended family. Two separate hospices for in patient and respite care.



Citizens Advice Witness Service

Telephone: Dedicated national helpline 03300 330 1161

Website: www.citizensadvice.org.uk/aboutu-us/citizens-advice-witness-service/

Services: Offers free, independent support for both prosecution and defence witnesses giving evidence in a criminal court in England and Wales


Counselling Directory

Area served: National

Telephone: 0333 325 2500

Website: www.counselling-directory.org.uk

Please note: this organisation is not a charity but offers sources of information and people for you to choose to book for private therapy.
Although our policy is not to list commercial organisations, we do list this organisation alongside a few other similar support organisations as we know how important it is for parents to have access to professional therapeutic support.


Cruse Bereavement Care NI

Area served: Northern Ireland

Telephone: 0808 808 1677

Website: www.cruse.org.uk/get-help/local-services/northern-ireland

Part of the national organisation CRUSE, that has a Northern Ireland support. Seven different areas are covered offering phone and email support for bereaved families.



Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland

Area served: Scotland

Telephone: 0808 802 6161

Website: www.crusescotland.org

Cruse Scotland is the nation's expert in bereavement counselling, listening services, information, advice and training. They aim to create a compassionate country where grief is properly discussed, understood and supported. Their people are mainly counselling and helpline volunteers, supported by a small staff team. Helpline, face to face support, information, support groups and webchat.


Hours: Helpline, Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm


Cruse Bereavement Support

Area served: England and Wales

Telephone: 0808 808 1677

Website: www.cruse.org.uk

Cruse help people through one of the most painful times in life - with bereavement support, information and campaigning. Volunteers are trained in all types of bereavement and can help make sense of how people are feeling. Helpline and webchat available.



Daisy's Dream

Area served: Berkshire and Cheshire East

Telephone: 0118 934 2604

Website: www.daisysdream.org.uk

One to one support for bereaved children and families across Berkshire and Cheshire East. Also support where serious illness diagnosed or when facing bereavement. This can be through telephone, email and group support.



Dying Matters Campaign

Area served: National

Telephone: 020 7520 8200

Website: www.hospiceuk.org/our-campaigns/dying-matters

National campaign from Hospice UK called "Dying Matters" - raising awareness of death, dying and bereavement. They are trying to break the stigma, challenge preconceptions and normalise public openness around dying. They also offer bereavement support and end of life care.



Eden's Trust

Area served: London/Essex

Telephone: 07814 550 375

Website: www.edenstrust.org.uk

To provide a network of support/survival groups, workshops, education and crisis counselling for parents who have suffered the loss of a child. Also offers support to bereaved siblings. To raise awareness and to promote education about personal safety both at home and abroad. They offer a centre in London where 'healing' groups/workshops take place: Wanstead E11.



Edward's Trust

Area served: West Midlands

Telephone: 0121 454 1705

Website: www.edwardstrust.org.uk

Edward’s Trust offer a holistic approach to supporting people through bereavement and loss. They offer counselling (1 to 1 or as a couple) support groups, play therapy, wellbeing therapies and social events. They are also able to offer support to parents bereaved, or about to be bereaved, of their son or daughter – whatever the age of their child or cause of death. Children and young people aged between 4 – 24 years who are bereaved, or are about to be bereaved, of a parent, grandparent, significant carer, sibling or friend.



Falkirk Trinity Church Seasons for Growth Bereavement Support

Area served: Falkirk and surrounding Forth Valley

Telephone: 01324 611 017

Website: www.falkirktrinity.org.uk/adult-seasons-for-growth-bereavement-support

The groups are open to anyone in the community who has experienced the death of someone close to them, whether recently or some time ago. They aim to help participants develop the skills and knowledge to understand and manage their grief.



Family Lives

Area served: National

Telephone: 0808 800 2222

Website: www.familylives.org.uk

Family lives (previously known as Parentline) offers confidential, free, helpline services either by telephone or live online chat. They also offer information, guidance and support on any aspect of parenting and family life including bullying, special educational needs and support for specific communities.


Hours: Helpline, Monday to Friday 1.30pm to 9pm



Area served: Ireland

Telephone: 1800 391 391

Website: www.firstlight.ie

A bereavement support service for parents and families anywhere in Ireland who experience the sudden loss of a child up to the age of 18 years. They offer a national 24 hour helpline, home visits, therapy and peer support groups.


Hours: Helpline 24 hour



Area served: National

Telephone: 0808 802 0925

Website: www.gingerbread.org.uk

Gingerbread want a society in which single parent families are treated equally and fairly. To get there, they provide information to help single parents support themselves and their family. Support is available in single parent groups, online forums, information pages and helpline.



Glasgow Children’s Hospital Service

Area served: Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Telephone: 0141 370 4747

Website: www.childbereavementuk.org/glasgow-childrens-hospital-service

Child Bereavement UK is commissioned by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde with funding from Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity to provide bereavement support for families bereaved of a baby or child, and to support NHS GG&C staff affected by the death of a child or with working in this field.



Good Life Good Death Good Grief

Area served: Scotland

Website: www.goodlifedeathgrief.org.uk

Services: An alliance of organisations that can support bereaved parents and families in Scotland. They have an abundance of resources of up-to-date contacts from general information when someone has died, to organising a funeral, and then bereavement support for different people / reasons.


Graceful Angels

Area served: Essex

Telephone: 07962 265 110

A support group set up by bereaved mum, Catherine Patel in memory of her daughter, Grace who passed away at 10 months of age in 2014. Grace was a twin. Graceful Angels will support families through the loss of a multiple baby/child by offering a monthly meeting giving the opportunity for parents to meet with others.



Grief Encounter

Area served: National

Telephone: 0800 802 0111

Website: www.griefencounter.org.uk

Grief encounter have been providing free, professional and specialist bereavement support services to ensure children and young people access the best possible support following the death of someone close. Counselling, workshops, music/art/drama therapy, residential events, and a helpline via phone/email and live chat.


Hours: Helpline, Monday to Friday 9am - 9pm


Grief Kind Spaces

Area served: National

Website: https://www.sueryder.org/grief-support/about-bereavement-and-grief/grief-kind/grief-kind-spaces/

Sue Ryder Grief Kind Spaces are weekly, in-person drop-in sessions held in the local community and run by trained volunteers. The sessions provide a safe, informal and supportive place for people to come together and share their experiences of grief, helping attendees to feel heard and less alone. The sessions are welcoming, inclusive and open to anyone who is over 18 and has experienced a bereavement, whether you want to attend regularly to connect with others in similar situations or just drop in for a quick chat.

They have seven hospices and palliative care hubs across the UK and their aim is to introduce one Grief Kind Space in the area around each centre over the coming months. The spaces are volunteer-led, with volunteers receiving training and guidance to help attendees connect with each other and share their experiences of grief through peer-to-peer support.
Email griefkindspaces@sueryder.org


Guy's Gift

Website: https://www.guysgift.co.uk/

Services: Guy’s Gift provides bereavement support for children, young people and their families across Coventry and Warwickshire. Support is offered either one to one or in a group. Also offers support and information to schools and families


Havering and Brentwood Bereavement Service Counselling (HBBS)

Area served: Essex

Telephone: 01277 283199

Website: www.hbbscounselling.org

HBBS is a local 'not for profit' organisation offering a professional and confidential counselling service to local adults, young people and children. Although the work was primarily addressing issues relating to bereavement they now offer generic counselling to support people. Havering, Brentwood and now extends to Billericay, Wickford, Laindon, Pitsea and Basildon.



Highland Hospice

Area served: Highlands

Telephone: 01463 243 132

Website: www.highlandhospice.org

A charity that works to ensure the people of the Highlands receive the best possible care and support with life shortening illness, death, and bereavement. They offer a range of community, education and supportive services and signpost to other organisations where needed.



How to speak to a child about death and dying

Website: https://www.memorialsofdistinction.co.uk/useful-guides/an-experts-guide-on-how-to-talk-to-children-about-death

Services: This is a handy page of information and examples of how to talk to children about death and funerals.


Hypnotherapy Directory

Area served: National

Telephone: 0333 325 2502

Website: www.hypnotherapy-directory.org.uk

Services: A confidential website service that encourages those in need to seek help and to connect individuals with qualified hypnotherapists in the UK. They offer information about what hypnotherapy is, how it can help, articles written by practitioners including articles on PTSD and the latest hypnotherapy news. To ensure the professionalism of their website, all hypnotherapists have provided qualifications and insurance cover or proof of membership with a professional body.


Kaleidoscope Plus

Area served: National

Telephone: 0121 565 5605

Website: www.kaleidoscopeplus.org.uk

24 hour text crisis support, suicide prevention services, bereavement support, counselling in the community, mental health services for children and activity groups within the community aimed at promoting inclusion, support, recovery, wellness and self-care.




Area served: Northern Ireland

Telephone: 0808 808 8000

Website: www.lifelinehelpline.info

Services: Anyone of any age living in Northern Ireland can call if they are experiencing distress or despair. Lifeline counsellors are experienced in trauma, suicide, self-harm, abuse, depression, anxiety. Calls about anything that causes concern are welcome.


Living On

Area served: BR6 postcode

Telephone: 07808 527 677 or 07759 697 223

Website: www.livingon.org.uk

Living on is a bereavement service supporting children their families in the BR6 postcode area. They have a range of services available to support.



London Bereavement Network

Area served: London

Telephone: 020 7700 8134

Website: www.beh-mht.nhs.uk

Services: Provides information and support to the members of the public in Barnet, Enfield and Haringey who are bereaved and the professionals who support them.


Love, Jasmine

Area served: Merseyside

Telephone: 0151 459 4779

Website: www.lovejasmine.org.uk

A bereavement support charity offering support to bereaved families in the Merseyside area. Support offered through one to one counselling, Adult Groups, Family Group Work, Sibling Support Groups (for children between the ages of 4-11) and Coffee Mornings.


Hours: Monday to Friday, 09.30 - 17.00


Lullaby Trust

Area served: National

Telephone: 0808 802 6868

Website: www.lullabytrust.org.uk

Confidential support to anyone affected by the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or young toddler. Support offered for families, friends, carers and professionals. Helpline, Befrienders, Online discussion forum, Family Days, In Memory Site.


Hours: Monday to Friday, 10.00 - 17.00 and Weekends 18.00 - 22.00


Macmillan Cancer Support

Area served: National

Telephone: 0808 808 0000

Website: www.macmillan.org.uk

MacMillan Cancer Support. Practical, medical and financial support for those living with cancer. Also support for families and carers. Online chat service also available.


Hours: Open daily, 08.00 - 20.00


Making Miracles

Area served: England

Telephone: 01622 735230

Website: www.makingmiracles.org.uk

Provides baby trauma support and bereavement care. This is achieved through professional counselling, support groups, a baby memorial garden, memorial bears and 'The Baby' book. They offer support to the whole family including grandparents and siblings.



Marie Curie Bereavement Support Service

Area served: National

Telephone: 0800 090 2309

Website: https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/help/support/bereavement

Services: Call Marie Curie Bereavement Support Service to find out more about being matched with a specially trained telephone volunteer who'll give you regular bereavement support. They'll provide a safe space where you can talk openly about your grief. You can access up to 6 telephone sessions of 45 minutes. This service is available for adults aged 18 or above and provides free ongoing emotional support over the phone with the same person each week, no matter where you live in the UK or whether you've accessed support from Marie Curie before.

Hours: 8am-6pm Monday to Friday and 11am-5pm on Saturday


Metabolic Support UK

Area served: National

Telephone: 0845 241 2173

Website: www.metabolicsupportuk.org

Metabolic Support UK was formerly known as CLIMB and are the leading patient organisation for inherited metabolic disorders and they are supporting thousands of patients worldwide. Their compassionate and experienced team delivers many support services to patients and families to meet their varying needs, including individual support, building communities, empowerment and advocacy.



MIND Suicide Bereavement Support London and Greater London

Telephone: 020 7259 8100

Website: sbls@bwwmind.org.uk email for referrals sbls@bwwmind.org.uk

1:1 support, peer support groups both in person and online, signposting to other agencies who can help
Online groups for those bereaved by suicide to gain valuable insight and share personal experiences in a safe place, meet every two weeks on a Wednesday at 2pm. Face to face group support takes place every 8 weeks on a Tuesday at 18.00 (6pm) at 23 Monck Street, London, SW1P 2AE


Mosaic Family Support Child Bereavement Charity

Area served: Dorset

Telephone: 01258 837 071

Website: www.mosaicfamilysupport.org

Mosaic is a Dorset wide charity offering a pathway of support to bereaved children, young people and their families. They also work with young people who are facing the death of a loved one. Mosaic provides individual, family and group support. Every child has the opportunity to attend our residential weekend programme where they can meet others and share their experiences.



National Bereavement Service

Telephone: 0800 024 6121

Website: www.the NBS.org.uk

Services: Willl support around practical arrangements following a death. This NHS team of advisors will deal with any and every question related to a death. If they don't have the answer, they will try to signpost to someone who does. This information service is free and impartial and works with individuals to identify the best solution in their circumstances using straight-forward language. This is combined with empathy and understanding of the experience of bereavement and if required, directing individuals to longer term sources of emotional support,

Hours: open Mon - Fri 09.00-18.00 and Saturday 10.00 - 14.00


Natural Therapy for All

Area served: National

Telephone: 01633 408 870

Website: www.nationaltherapyforall.com

Services: An online web directory listing complementary therapists such as counsellors, hypnotherapists, acupuncturists etc who are based all over the UK. The site also has a wealth of information about various types of distress that complementary therapies can help.


Parenting Mental Health

Area served: England

Website: www.parentingmentalhealth.org

Parenting Mental Health is a registered charity that supports, connects and educates parents of young people with mental health issues. The charity offers peer support through an online community, peer mentorship, listening circles, and a range of self-care days and events. They also provide courses and programs educating parents on how to support their child suffering with poor mental health.



Petals Charity

Area served: Cambridge, London, Oxford and Ipswich

Telephone: 0300 688 0068

Website: www.petalscharity.org

Charity providing specialist counselling to parents suffering trauma and loss during pregnancy and birth. Counselling is offered at Addenbrooks Hospital, Cambridge, Queen Charlotte's Hospital and St Mary's Hospital, London, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford and Ipswich Hospital.



Pete's Dragons

Area served: Devon

Telephone: 01395 277 780

Website: www.petesdragons.org.uk

Supports anyone in the Devon area who has been affected by suicide. Support is offered through grants to help with unexpected costs, a listening service, practical advice and assistance, source and liaise with support services and children & family fun days.



Platfform Wellbeing (Breathe UK)

Area served: National services are remote. Face-to-face services available in Cardiff and Swansea.

Telephone: 02920 440 191

Website: https://platfformwellbeing.com

Services include remote counselling and face-to-face counselling available in Cardiff and Swansea. Open to individuals, couples and children over the age of 7. Low cost service available for unwaged people seeking counselling.

Email address: hello@platfformwellbeing.com


PRISM Community Bereavement Service

Area served: Telford, Wrekin & Shropshire

Telephone: 01952 977 163

Website: www.prismcommunityservices.org.uk

They offer peer support, a listening ear, guidance and support for adults, children and young people. For people in Telford, Wrekin and Shropshire areas.



Quiet Waters

Area served: Falkirk and surrounding Forth Valley

Telephone: 01324 630 643

Website: www.quiet-waters.org

A service providing listening and support services for all. Although all staff and volunteers profess the Christian faith, they provide services to all irrespective of faith, gender, sexuality, ethnic origin, or life choices. Counselling and bereavement support in a non-judgemental way.



Relationships Scotland

Area served: Scotland

Telephone: 0345 119 2020

Website: www.relationships-scotland.org.uk

Offers a wide range of relationship counselling, family mediation and child contact centre services across Scotland to help families.



Renfrewshire Bereavement Network

Area served: Renfrewshire

Telephone: 0800 038 6020

Website: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/article/10528/Renfrewshire-Bereavement-Network

A network of local support services whose aim is to reach any person living in the Renfrewshire area who has experienced a loss or is coping with grief following the death of someone close to you, or the loss of something that is important to you, you can get support from the network. They
provide access to advice, guidance and counselling.



Ripples of Compassion

Area served: Wiltshire

Website: www.ripplesofcompassion.com

A charity supporting children with cancer/life-limiting conditions, their families, and bereaved parents. Helping to make their difficult journeys easier wherever they can. They offer Bereavement Therapy, Well-Being Walks, Self-Care Boxes and Keepsakes.



Rosie Crane Trust

Area served: Yeovil and Taunton, Somerset

Telephone: 01460 55120

Website: www.rosiecranetrust.org

24 hour listening ear helpline for bereaved parents who have lost a child at any age and any circumstances and however long ago. Drop in support one Saturday a month in Taunton and one Saturday a month in Yeovil where bereaved parents can meet for an informal chat. They may be able to offer counselling to parents



See Saw Oxfordshire

Area served: Oxfordshire

Telephone: 01865 744 768

Website: www.seesaw.org.uk

SeeSaw provides support for children, young people and their families in Oxfordshire when they have been bereaved or when somebody close to them is terminally ill.



Shining a Light on Suicide

Area served: Greater Manchester

Telephone: 0161 989 0902

Website: www.shiningalightonsuicide.org.uk

They are bringing suicide out of the dark in Greater Manchester because it affects everyone. Whether you’re feeling suicidal, worried someone else is, or have lost someone to suicide, people are not alone. Information, help and signposting to local support.


Hours: Helpline, Monday to Friday 9-5


Sibling Support

Website: https://www.siblingsupport.co.uk/

Online support with guidance and content for young people who have lost a sibling



Simon Says

Area served: Hampshire

Telephone: 023 8064 7550

Website: www.simonsays.org.uk

Simon Says is a child bereavement support aiming to support Hampshire children and young people up to the age of 18 years who have a significant person in their life who has died or is dying.



Springhill Hospice Bereavement Support Group

Area served: Rochdale

Telephone: 01706 649 920

Website: https://springhill.org.uk/bereavement-counselling-and-support-service

Services: Bereavement service offering a range of flexible support to meet the needs of the individuals and assist them in their grief process.


Stand Alone

Area served: National

Telephone: 020 7407 9500

Website: www.standalone.org.uk

Stand Alone is a charity supporting people that are estranged from their family or children. They work to prevent estranged adults becoming vulnerable. Support groups as well as practical advice and guides.



Stevenage Bereavement Support Group

Area served: Stevenage, Hertfordshire

Telephone: 01438 361616

Website: www.stevenage-vineyard.co.uk/compassion/stevenage-bereavement-support-group/

The Stevenage Bereavement Support Group provides a safe place for adults bereaved in any circumstances who live in Stevenage and the surrounding area to share their grief with those that understand. Run by trained volunteers and working with agencies and charities across the town, the group meetings are held monthly and are free to attend.


Hours: Office hours Tuesday - Wednesday 10:00-16:00 and Fridays 10:00-16:00


Strathcarron Hospice

Area served: Falkirk and surrounding area

Telephone: 01324 827 383

Website: www.strathcarronhospice.net

Offers a range of palliative and post bereavement support for adults. Strathcarron also runs support groups for children aged 6 – 18 when they have been affected by loss, grief and change because someone who is special to them has died.



Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP)

Area served: National

Telephone: 01235 772850

Website: www.sudep.org

A charity dedicated to raising awareness of epilepsy risks and tackling epilepsy death including sudden unexpected deaths in epilepsy. They offer bereavement support, counselling, advocacy and legal help including understanding the inquest process. They also involve bereaved parents in research about deaths due to epilepsy.



Suicide Liaison Service Cornwall & Isles of Scilly

Telephone: 01208 871905 between 9 am and 4pm Monday to Friday

Website: www.cornwallft.nhs.uk/suicide-liaison-service

This is an NHS service providing practical and emotional support to individuals and families resident in Cornwall & Isles of Scilly who are bereaved by suicide. Face to face contact is offered by a qualified and experienced therapist with specialist training in traumatic grief and loss. They offer information, practical support and guidance about the investigation of a death that may reach an outcome of Suicide at Inquest. They also work closely with the Cornwall Coroner's staff to help the bereaved understand the process and when required, provide support at the Inquest.

Referrals are accepted from the Police, GPs, Allied Health professionals as well as self-referrals.


Surviving the loss of your world (SLOW)

Area served: London

Telephone: 07532 423 674

Website: www.slowgroup.co.uk

They support bereaved parents and siblings with peer support, from other bereaved parents and siblings and share experiences. They are currently running face to face bereaved parent support groups, both weekly and monthly, in London. They are also offering support groups virtually via Zoom for bereaved parents and adult siblings across the UK. All groups run during school term times.



Team Jak

Area served: Scotland

Telephone: 01506 412302

Website: www.teamjak.org.uk

They offer practical, social, and emotional support to children and young people aged 0-25 with cancer and related illnesses, their family, friends and those bereaved. Hospital visits, activities for families, angel days to sibling support.



Tell Us Once

Area served: National

Website: www.gov.uk/tell-us-once

Services: Tell Us Once is a free government service that allows you to report a death when you suffer a bereavement and need to tell central and local government. You will need to contact your Register Office in advance of using the Tell Us Once service which will normally be when you register the death. The Registrar will then advise you how to use the service.


The Alder Centre

Area served: Liverpool and surrounding area

Telephone: 0151 252 5391

Website: www.aldercentre.org.uk

The Alder Centre is a place like no other, providing bereavement care and education for anyone affected by the death of a child of any age. They provide a variety of free, confidential services to people bereaved through child loss. Counselling, befriending, therapeutic breaks and holistic therapies are available.


Hours: Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm


The Bodie Hodges Foundation Bereavement Support Service

Area served: Leicestershire and Rutland

Telephone: 0116 2436 367 ext 302

Website: www.bodiehodgesfoundation.co.uk/bereavement-support-service

Bodies bereavement service supports parents and children in the first year after the child has died. They support the whole family, including siblings as well as blended families.

nicola@bodiehodgesfoundation.co.uk or call 07483 347 008


The Dove Service

Area served: Stoke on Trent & North Staffordshire

Telephone: 01782 683 155

Website: www.thedoveservice.org.uk

Support and counselling for anyone within the community in Stoke on Trent & North Staffordshire from the age of 4+ who are experiencing issues relating to bereavement, loss or life-changing illness. Counsellors specialise in working with bereaved children, young people and families.



The Good Grief Trust

Area served: National

Telephone: 0800 2600 400

Website: www.thegoodgrieftrust.org

A charity offering help and hope in one online website. It is run by the bereaved for the bereaved. They try to guide you in the right direction for the support you need when you have been bereaved. This is offered through practical help and tips, support organisations and things to consider when you are bereaved.



The Haven

Area served: Lanarkshire

Telephone: 01555 811846

Website: www.thehavencentre.com

They offer a safe and peaceful place where people affected by a range of life limiting illnesses can come for support at a time when they need it most. They offer support when someone has died and in looking after your own wellbeing.



The Laura Centre

Area served: Leicester, Derby, Nottingham and Coventry

Telephone: 0116 2544341

Website: www.thelauracentre.org.uk

The Laura Centre is a friendly and easily accessible service, providing professional holistic support to bereaved families. They support parents who have lost children and children who have lost a parent. The service is free of charge. A death in the family of a child or parent, is a devastating and traumatic loss. Based in Leicester, with centres also in Derby and Coventry, the centre offers wide ranging individual and group support as well as a variety of alternative therapies. They have recently started working with the Zephyr Project offering counselling services at Nottingham City Hospital.



The Lily Foundation

Area served: National

Telephone: 0300 400 1234

Website: www.thelilyfoundation.org.uk

The Lily Foundation is a charity fighting mitochondrial disease, fighting for hope. They raise money to fund research, raise awareness and support affected families and adults living with mitochondrial disease. Talking to someone who understands can bring a sense of relief and clarity for patients and families.



The Loss Foundation

Area served: London

Telephone: 0300 200 4112

Website: www.thelossfoundation.org

A charity offering in-person support following the loss of a loved one to cancer and COVID. Support is offered in London in the form of bereavement support groups and other supportive social events. They also provide an array of bereavement information on their website to support those that fall out of their support group catchment area.



The Road Victims Trust

Area served: Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire

Telephone: 01234 843345

Website: www.rvtrust.org.uk

The Road Victims Trust works in partnership with the Police, Coroner and Crown Prosecution Service across all 3 counties. They provide information and emotional support for as long as it is useful at home, in their office or by phone to individuals and family members. This service is free.



Together for Short Lives

Area served: National

Telephone: Helpline 0808 8088100

Website: www.togetherforshortlives.org.uk

Together for Short Lives is the UK charity that is there to make sure that seriously ill children and their families can make the most of every moment they have together. Offering confidential emotional support and information so that families spend less time searching for information and more time together. Together for Short Lives was formed after the merger of ACT and Children's Hospices UK.



Twins Trust Bereavement Support Service

Area served: National

Telephone: 0800 138 0509

Website: www.twinstrust.org/bereavement

The Twins Trust Bereavement Support Service exists to support all parents and carers of twins, triplets or more who have died whether it was during or after pregnancy.



Voice for Victims and Witnesses

Area served: Northamptonshire

Telephone: 0300 303 1965

Website: www.voicenorthants.org

Voice helps you to cope, recover and thrive after crime. Their support is available for anyone living in Northamptonshire, regardless of when, where or how crime happened to you. Services are free, confidential and you don’t have to have reported anything to the police.



Walk With Us

Area served: National

Website: https://suicidebereavementuk.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Walk-With-Us-Toolkit.pdf

Services: Walk With Us is a free online resource and toolkit launched in South Yorkshire for those who support children, young people and families bereaved by suicide. It has been co-produced with children and young people. Please download a copy using the link above.



Area served: National

Website: www.welldoing.org

Provides a therapist matching service for in person and online therapy. All therapists listed should be accredited.
Please note: this organisation is not a charity but offers sources for private therapy.



Winston's Wish

Area served: National

Telephone: 08088 020 021

Website: www.winstonswish.org

Winston’s Wish supports bereaved children, young people, their families and the professionals who support them. We provide support to children, young people (up to 25) and families when someone dies.



You Raise Me Up

Telephone: Helpline: 01323 482772 (24 hour emotional support)

Website: https://www.youraisemeup.co.uk/

The ‘You Raise Me up Charity’ was founded by the late Jane Brooks and her husband Fraser 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 loss of your child is possibly the most devastating and life-changing event you’ll face, but you don’t have to deal with this alone or unsupported. At the You Raise Me Up charity (YRMU) emotional support is offered to families who have sadly lost a child between the ages of 16 and 25. The service provides experienced counsellors who offer one to one or family counselling, working with you at your pace. They also offer group support at their Polegate Centre..


Young Lives vs Cancer

Area served: National

Telephone: 0300 330 0803

Website: www.younglivesvscancer.org.uk

They are the charity that helps children and young people and their families find the strength to face whatever cancer throws at them. #TeamYoungLives




Area served: Nottingham and surrounding areas

Telephone: 07915 995532

Website: www.zephyrsnottingham.org.uk

Zephyr's - support for bereaved families touched by pregnancy loss or the death of a baby or child of any age. Their creative, and holistic approach is softly nurturing, inclusive, non judgemental and open to anyone in Nottingham county, and beyond. Their events and activities have included counselling, yoga, photography, crafts, social Saturdays, seasonal walks, weekly drop ins, creative writing, celebrations, and much more.



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