Supporting people after sudden death including COVID-19

Sudden bereavement directory

Use this page to find details of organisations who are able to provide support after bereavement. It is alphabetically organised and organisations care for different kinds of bereavements. 


Bereavement Trust

http://bereavement-trust.org.uk/

The Bereavement Trust provides translated bereavement helplines in Gujarati, Urdu, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Phone: 0800 435 455
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Brake, the road safety charity and its National Road Victim Service

http://brake.org.uk

Brake provides support for people bereaved by road crashes in the UK, through an accredited national helpline, providing emotional support and information and advocacy from trained helpline officers.

Phone: 0808 8000401
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Cardiac Risk in the Young

http://www.c-r-y.org.uk/

Cardiac Risk in the Young works to promote screenings and fund medical research, and also offers emotional and clinical support to those bereaved through a sudden cardiac arrest.

Phone: 01737 363222
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Care for the Family

http://www.careforthefamily.org.uk/

Care for the Family offers a variety of resources to those who are bereaved. The charity also runs events, support days and weekends away for different age groups.

Phone: 029 2081 0800
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Child Bereavement UK

http://childbereavementuk.org/

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. The organisation aims to provide families with the support they need to rebuild their lives.

Phone: 01494 568900
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Child Death Helpline

http://childdeathhelpline.org.uk/

The Child Death Helpline was established in 1989, and aims to provide a quality freephone service to anyone affected by the death of a child of any age. The helpline is staffed by volunteers, all of them bereaved parents.

Phone: 0800 282 986 (from landlines) / 0800 800 6019 (from mobiles)
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CHUMS

http://www.chums.uk.com/

CHUMS Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing Service for Children and Young People provides therapeutic support in a variety of ways. CHUMS offers individual support, group work, family support, family days, activity days and residential weekends.

Phone: 01525863924
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The Compassionate Friends

https://www.tcf.org.uk/

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) 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.

Phone: 0345 120 3785
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Cruse Bereavement UK

http://www.cruse.org.uk/

Cruse Bereavement Care is the leading national charity for bereaved people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The charity offers support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies, and works to enhance society's care of bereaved people. Cruse offers face-to-face, telephone, email and website support. Cruse also provides training and consultancy for external organisations and for those who may encounter bereaved people in the course of their work.

Phone: 020 8939 9530 (Office)/0808 808 1677 (Helpline)
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Daisy's Dream

https://www.daisysdream.org.uk/

Daisy's Dream supports children and their families affected by life-threatening illness and bereavement, throughout Berkshire and the surrounding areas.

Phone: 0118 934 2604
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Dying Matters

http://www.dyingmatters.org/

Dying Matters is a coalition, made up of 30,000 members across England and Wales. The organisation was established by the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) in 2009 to promote public awareness and discussion of dying, death and bereavement.

Phone: 0800 021 44 66

Dove Service

https://www.thedoveservice.org.uk/

Founded in 1984 by Dr Linda Machin, a leading research fellow from the University of Keele, the Dove Service is one of the UK’s leading bereavement and loss counselling charities and provides services to all people in the community from the age of 4+.

Phone: 01782 683155
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Grief Encounter

https://www.griefencounter.org.uk/

Grief Encounter offers personal support and a variety of resources to those bereaved. The organisation also provides training, professional support and resources for schools.

Phone: 020 8371 8455
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Hope Again

http://hopeagain.org.uk/

Hope Again is a website provided for young people by Cruse Bereavement Care. The website provides an opportunity for young people to share stories and experiences, a gallery and also advice for young people who have been recently bereaved.

Phone: 0808 808 1677 
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The Lullaby Trust

https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/

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

Phone: 020 7802 3200 (General Enquiries)
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Marie Curie

https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/

Marie Curie offers telephone bereavement support to those bereaved due to an illness. This is a listening service, where you can access up to six sessions of support, delivered by specially trained volunteers. Find out more at https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/help/support/telephone-bereavement-support.

Phone: 0800 090 2309 (open Monday to Friday 8am-6pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm).

Mosaic Family Support

http://www.mosaicfamilysupport.org.uk/

Mosaic Family Trust is a Dorset-based charity that offers support to bereaved children, young people and their families. This includes offering residential weekends and providing counselling.

Phone: 01258 837071
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Penhaligon's Friends

http://www.penhaligonsfriends.org.uk/

Penhaligon's Friends is a UK charity supporting bereaved children, young people, parents and carers throughout Cornwall. The charity offers children and young people the chance to meet others and share their experiences, as well as practical resources for children and parents.

Phone: 01209 210624
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Samaritans

http://www.samaritans.org/

Samaritans are there for people need them, at any time of day or night. The organisation reach 228,370 people a year in schools, hospitals and the homeless.

Phone: 116 123
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SCARD - Support and Care after Road Death and Injury

http://www.scard.org.uk/

SCARD helps to relieve distress among people who have lost a loved one, been injured or affected by drunk or reckless driving. SCARD provides emotional and practical support through a telephone helpline, support groups and personal support system, and by offering free counselling at its offices in West Yorkshire.

Phone: 0345 1235542
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SeeSaw

http://www.seesaw.org.uk/

SeeSaw provides grief support for children, young people and their families in Oxfordshire when a parent is dying or has died. SeeSaw also provides bereavement advice, support and training to professionals and schools in Oxfordshire.

Phone: 01865 744 768
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S.P.R.I.N.G. (Supporting Parents & Relatives in Neonatal Grief)

https://www.springsupport.org.uk/
 
S.P.R.I.N.G. (Supporting Parents and Relatives In Neonatal Grief) was set up to provide support to parents and relatives who have experienced the death of a baby during pregnancy, at, or just after birth. This includes miscarriage, stillbirth and termination for fetal abnormality. The aim of S.P.R.I.N.G. is to befriend and support through grief. This is achieved by offering counselling, befriending and monthly support meetings.

Phone: 01202 448084
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SUDEP Action

www.sudep.org

SUDEP Action provides support after an epilepsy related death. It is the only UK charity specialised in supporting and involving people who have been bereaved by epilepsy. The charity provides information on SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy). The support line offers valuable listening space and ongoing emotional support, counselling and opportunities to take part in research.

Phone: 01235 772850 (main number)
              01235 772852 (support line)

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Sue Ryder Online Bereavement Support

www.sueryder.org/onlinesupport

Sue Ryder’s Online Bereavement Support makes it easy to connect with the right support from your own home. Whether you’re looking for one-to-one professional support, to talk to others in similar situations, or to read expert information resources, you can access support for free on your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Phone: 0808 164 4572

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Suicide Bereavement

https://suicidebereavementuk.com/ 

Suicide Bereavement provides a signposting service to organisations, and also a blog run by Sharon McDonnell, a specialist in suicide bereavement at the University of Manchester in the UK.

Phone: 01706 827 359
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Support after Murder and Manslaughter

https://www.samm.org.uk/

SAMM is a UK charity that supports families bereaved by murder and manslaughter. SAMM also provides advice and training to many agencies on issues relevant to the traumatically bereaved.

Phone: 0845 872 3440
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Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

https://uksobs.org

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide exists to meet the needs and break the isolation experienced by those bereaved by suicide.

Phone: 0115 944 1117 
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Winston's Wish

https://www.winstonswish.org

Every day, more than 100 children are bereaved of a parent in the UK. Winston’s Wish was established in 1992 as the UK’s first child bereavement charity, and currently supports around 30,000 children and young people per year.

Phone: 08088 020 021
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