The following organisations provide support to families coping with bereavement.
Winston’s Wish is the leading childhood bereavement charity and the largest provider of services to bereaved children, young people and their families in the UK.
It offers practical support and guidance to families, professionals and anyone concerned about a grieving child and believes that the right support at the right time can enable young people to live with their grief and rebuild positive futures.
Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.
The Freephone Grieftalk helpline is open from 9am to 9pm Monday to Friday on 0808 802 0111. There is also a webchat option on their website – www.griefencounter.org.uk – as well as an email option to firstname.lastname@example.org. Referral forms can now be found on the website.
Grief Encounter aims to help and support bereaved children and their families by offering a flexible and accessible bereavement service which listens and understands, cares and responds to the needs of each service user.
Telephone: 0800 090 2309 Monday – Friday 8am-6pm, Saturday 11am-5pm
The support line offers confidential emotional support and practical information to anyone affected by terminal illness, including family and friends. There is a range of resources on the website about dealing with grief, and supporting grieving children and teenagers.
Childhood Bereavement Network
Telephone: 020 7843 6309Website: www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk
The Childhood Bereavement Network (CBN) is the hub for those working with bereaved children, young people and their families throughout the UK, and has an online directory of ‘open access’ services for bereaved children across the country.
Daisy’s Dream supports children and their families who have been affected by the life-threatening illness or death of someone close to them. Daisy’s Dream offers support and advice to families, professionals and anyone concerned about a grieving child across Berkshire and surrounding areas.
Telephone: 01392 826 064
Balloons is a charity that provides community-based support for children, young people and their families in Exeter, Mid or East Devon following the death, or before an expected death, of a significant person in their lives, such as a parent, carer or sibling.
Telephone: 02380 647550
Supports children and young people within Hampshire who have a close relative or friend who has died or is terminally ill.
OLLY (Our Lost Love Years)
Telephone: 0151 709 2994 / 07545 560831
Provides support and activities for children and young people across Merseyside who have lost a loved one.
Other bereavement services
The Child Death Helpline
Helpline: 0800 282 986
Additional freephone number for all mobiles: 0808 800 6019
Open every evening 7pm – 10pm Monday to Friday 10am – 1pm Tuesday and Wednesday 1pm – 4pm
A helpline for anyone affected by the death of a child of any age, from prebirth to adult, under any circumstances, however recently or long ago.
The Compassionate Friends
Helpline: 0345 123 2304 daily from 10am – 4pm and 7pm – 10pm
The Compassionate Friends is a charitable organisation of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents dedicated to the support and care of other bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents who have suffered the death of a child or children. The helpline is always answered by a bereaved parent, who can offer support and information. They can also put callers in touch with their nearest local support group or contact. Also has a website and Facebook group for bereaved siblings – tcfsiblingsupport.org.uk.
Cruse Bereavement Care
Helpline: 0808 808 1677 Mon, Fri 9.30am – 5pm and Tues, Weds, Thurs 9.30am – 8pm
Cruse promotes the wellbeing of bereaved people, and helps them to understand their grief and cope with their loss. As well as the helpline, Cruse has local branches providing face-to-face support and practical advice.
Cruse also has a youth involvement project with its own website, which is designed for young people by young people – Hope Again.
Specialist support for bereaved families and anyone affected by a sudden infant death.
RoadPeace provides emotional and practical support to those bereaved or injured in a road crash.
Rosie Crane Trust
Helpline: 01460 55120 (24 hrs)
Support for bereaved parents after the loss of a son or daughter of any age.
SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide)
Helpline: 0300 111 5065 Monday to Friday 9am – 9pm
SOBS is a self-help organisation which exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend.
Support after Murder and Manslaughter (SAMM)
Helpline: 0845 872 3440 / 0121 472 2912
A national charity supporting families who have been bereaved as a result of murder or manslaughter.
WAY Widowed and Young
Peer-to-peer support for men and women who were aged 50 or under when their partner died.