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Information and Support: Bereavement

If you, or someone you know, have been affected by bereavement, the following organisations may be able to help.

Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse Bereavement Care provides support after the death of someone close including face to face, telephone, group support, as well as bereavement support for children.

Phone: 0808 808 1677 (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
0808 802 6161 (Scotland)

Visit the Cruse Bereavement Care website


Hopeagain (Cruse for young people) - support for children and young people affected by the death of someone close.
Phone: 0808 808 1677 (Mon-Fri, 9:00am-5:00pm)

Visit the Hopeagain website

The National Bereavement Partnership

The National Bereavement Partnership provides a support helpline, counselling referral and befriending service for all those suffering from bereavement, grief, living loss, mental health issues, and those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Phone: 0800 448 0800

Visit The National Bereavement Partnership website


Sudden is an early intervention service providing emotional and practical support following an unexpected bereavement.

Phone: 0800 2600 400

Visit the Sudden website

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend.

Phone: 0300 111 5065 (9am to 9pm daily)

Visit the Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide website

Child Bereavement

If you, or someone you know, have been affected by child bereavement, the following organisations may be able to help.

Child Bereavement UK

Child Bereavement UK supports families when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.

Phone: 0800 02 888 40

Visit the Child Bereavement UK website

Child Death Helpline

The Child Death Helpline offers support to anyone affected by the death of a child of any age, from prebirth to adult, under any circumstances, however recently or long ago.

Phone: 0800 282 986

Visit the Child Death Helpline website

Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends offer support, understanding and comfort to bereaved siblings and parents after the death of a child, of any age, from any cause.

Phone: 0345 123 2304 (daily 10am-4pm and 7pm-10pm)

Visit the Compassionate Friends website

Grief Encounter

Grief Encounter offer support to children and young people after the death of someone close via a range of services including a confidential space to chat and be heard.

You can access this free, via their website or telephone.

Phone: 0808 802 0111 (Mon-Fri, 9am-9pm)

Visit the Grief Encounter website

Winston's Wish

Winston's Wish provides services to bereaved children, young people and their families and offer practical support and guidance to anyone concerned about a grieving child.

Phone: 08088 020 021

Visit the Winston's Wish website

Other sources of information on bereavement

These organisations may refer to other support services that the BBC has not necessarily verified.

Information from the NHS on Grief after bereavement or loss

At a Loss provides a searchable directory of services from around the UK, an online chat facility and a library of resources and information for the bereaved.

Visit the At a Loss website

The Good Grief Trust

The Good Grief Trust provides information for the bereaved and a searchable directory of services, plus virtual cafes where people can meet with others who may have been through a similar bereavement.

Visit the Good Grief website

Dying Matters

Dying Matters offers information on end of life and bereavement, including writing a will, funeral plans and end of life care.

Visit the Dying Matters website

Related Information and Support

If you have also been affected by caring issues, organisations listed on our Carers support page may be able to help.

You can find current information and support for issues covered by Action Line on the BBC Action Line website.