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Support for parents and families bereaved by loss through sudden or long term illness


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


Anthony Nolan Charity

Area served: National

Telephone: 0303 303 0303

Website: www.anthonynolan.org

A national charity offering support, advice and information to people with blood cancer and their families. They have produced a specific resource called Bereavement & Stem Cell Transplant.



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.



Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY)

Area served: National

Telephone: 01737 363 222

Website: www.c-r-y.org.uk

CRY has a dedicated bereavement support programme to support families after the tragedy of the sudden cardiac death of a young person aged 35 and under. Counselling, clinical and emotional support is offered.


Hours: Mon-Fri 10-17.00


Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Area served: National

Website: https://www.cclg.org.uk/publications/If-your-child-cannot-be-cured

Services: The CCLG are the experts in childhood cancer. They have produced a guide available to download or purchase entitled ‘Bereavement – sources of help and support’


Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Area served: National

Website: https://www.cclg.org.uk/publications/If-your-child-cannot-be-cured

Services: The CCLG are the experts in childhood cancer. They have produced a guide available to download or purchase entitled ‘Bereavement – sources of help and support’


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.



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


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.



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.




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


Friends of Roxburghe House

Area served: Grampian

Telephone: 01224 557 074

Website: www.friendsofroxburghehouse.co.uk

A specialist palliative care unit in Aberdeen where care concentrates on symptom control for patients with life limiting illness. Therapies and education are given to carers and professionals to support with bereavement.



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


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.



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


MacMillan Cancer Information and Support Centre

Area served: Dumfries & Galloway

Telephone: 01387 241 979

Website: www.macmillan.org.uk

A national organisation that has an information and support centre in Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary. This offers a wide range of services but specifically bereavement support in the area.



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


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


Meningitis Now

Area served: National

Telephone: 0808 80 10 388

Website: www.meningitisnow.org

Support and information for families who have lost a loved one to meningitis and everyone who has suffered and recovered from meningitis. Free counselling, online support and befrienders throughout the UK. Family days - children who have meningitis or lost someone to it. Financial grants including a grant up to £1000 for funeral or headstone costs for the individual who has died from meningitis.



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.



National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC)

Area served: England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Telephone: 020 7697 1520

Website: www.ncpc.org.uk

Umbrella charity for all those involved in palliative, end of life and hospice care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.



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


Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice

Area served: Glasgow

Telephone: 0141 429 5599

Website: www.princeandprincessofwaleshospice.org.uk

A range of services available in the hospice after an illness diagnosis and offering bereavement services through one to one and group opportunities. They guide families, carers, and friends of all faiths and none.



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.



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.



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


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.



St Columba's Hospice

Area served: Edinburgh and Lothians

Telephone: 0131 551 1381

Website: www.stcolumbashospice.org.uk

Offers a range of services from helping manage pain, speaking to families, bereavement support and counselling. Hospice and community support available.



Stroke Association

Area served: National

Telephone: 0303 3033 100

Website: https://www.stroke.org.uk/finding-support/bereavement-and-grieving-stroke

Services: Sometimes a death from a stroke is very sudden, but even for those who know their loved one is dying, it can come as a great shock when the end comes. Stroke and other illnesses like infections can be very sudden and have a serious impact. So you might not get much warning before someone becomes very unwell or dies. When you lose someone to a stroke, it can be a very emotional time, as well as a time of great change. It can be very difficult for family members and friends to cope with. If you need someone to talk to now, contact the Stroke Helpline.

Hours: Monday to Friday: 9 am to 5 pm Saturday: 10 am to 1 pm


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.



Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) UK

Area served: National

Website: www.sudc.org.uk

The SUDC Foundation's mission is to promote awareness, advocate for research and support those affected by sudden unexplained death in childhood (SUDC). They support those affected, promote awareness and advocate for research.

SUDC UK is an affiliate of the SUDC Foundation. They hope by shining their light on SUDC, they can better understand these tragedies in order to predict and prevent them in the future.



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.



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 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 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 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 UK Sepsis Trust (UKST)

Area served: National

Telephone: 0808 800 0029

Website: www.sepsistrust.org

The UK Sepsis Trust (UKST) exists to fight this life-threatening condition. For people having problems with recovery, trying to support a loved one after they leave hospital, have suffered a bereavement, or would simply like to learn more about sepsis, you can contact them.



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.



Victim Support Northern Ireland

Area served: Northern Ireland

Telephone: 028 9024 3133

Website: www.victimsupportni.com

Services: Free and confidential support for anyone affected by crime. They also have a specific support for families bereaved by crime.


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.



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



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