grief support uk

The UK has many grief support groups and services available to help you through the difficult time following the death of a family member, friend or acquaintance. We have provided links to a number of these here.

Bereavement support groups can be an enormous help when you are trying to come to terms with a death, no matter how recent or distant the death has been.

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There are many practical issues to manage when someone dies. Bereavement Advice Centre supports and advises people on what they need to do after a death.

Bereavement UK founder Alex James is a professional bereavement counsellor working with bereaved individuals and families for many years.

Cancer Research provides information on coping with cancer symptoms, for people with cancer and for the carers, friends and relatives of someone dying.

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. Helping families to rebuild their lives.

Bedfordshire-based organisation Chums helps children and their families following the death of someone close. Childhood bereavement, trauma and emotional wellbeing service.

Cruse Bereavement Care is a leading national charity for bereaved people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, offering support, advice and information to children, young people and adults.

Grief Encounter helps families address difficult issues such as death and make sense of the hurt and confusion, and aims to help them find ways out of the abyss of grief.

The Lullaby Trust provides specialist support for bereaved families, promotes expert advice on safer baby sleep and raises awareness on sudden infant death (SIDS).

Originally designed as a standalone survival guide for young widows, Merry Widow has developed into a hugely popular online resource for anyone who has lost a partner.

The NHS (National Health Service) has a comprehensive online guide to coping with bereavement and where to go for help and support.

No-one should face cancer alone. Macmillan Cancer Support provides many services for those with cancer and their families, including bereavement advice.

RoadPeace is the national charity for road crash victims. It supports the people affected by road crashes with emotional and practical support and advocacy.

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide provides dedicated support to meet the needs and overcome the isolation experienced by people over 18 who have been bereaved by suicide.

Support Line offers confidential emotional support to children, young adults and adults to help them develop healthy, positive coping strategies, and inner feelings of strength.

The Compassionate Friends is dedicated to the support and care of other bereaved parents, siblings, and grandparents who have suffered the death of a child/children.

The War Widows’ Association is a voluntary group which supports war widows and widowers and is currently campaigning to secure a War Widow’s Pension for life for a group of its members.

Widowed and Young is a charity for men and women aged 50 or under when their partner died. A peer-to-peer support group run by volunteers who have been bereaved at a young age themselves.

Winston’s Wish is the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK. We offer practical support and guidance to bereaved children, their families and professionals.