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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.




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.



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


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


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.



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.



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


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.




Area served: England and Wales

Telephone: 0300 123 7015

Website: www.kinship.org.uk

Kinship is in England and Wales. They are for all kinship carers – the grandparents and siblings, the aunts, uncles, and family friends who step up to raise children when their parents can’t. They won’t rest until every kinship family has the recognition and support they need and deserve. Grandparents plus is now part of Kinship.


Hours: Helpline, Monday to Friday 9.30am - 2pm


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


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


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