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Bereavement Organisations

Care for the Family initiatives - A Different Journey

Supporting those who have been widowed at a young age through a telephone support network, events and a regular email newsletter.

Care for the Family initiatives - Bereaved Parents' Network

Offering hope and comfort to those who have a lost a child of any age and in any circumstance, through a telephone support network, events and a regular email newsletter.

Child Death Support Helpline

A helpline for anyone affected by the death of a child of any age, from pre-birth to adult, under any circumstances, however recently or long ago

Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is an organisation of bereaved parents and their families offering understanding, support and encouragement to others after the death of a child or children of any age. Also offers support, advice and information to other relatives, friends and professionals who are helping the family.

Cruse Bereavement Care

Exists to promote the well-being of bereaved people and to enable anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. The charity provides support and offers information, advice, education and training services. It also runs helplines and support groups and publishes many publications.

Disaster Action

A charity set up and run by survivors and bereaved from UK and overseas disasters. Founded in 1991, the charity provides an independent advocacy and advisory service that represents the interests of those directly affected by disaster.

If I Should Die

Aimed at everyone, whether they are considering their own death, coping with the death of a loved one, arranging a funeral, thinking about making a will or just needing some comforting words to help write a letter to a bereaved friend or family member.

Jewish Bereavement Counselling Service

A counselling service for the Jewish faith

Miscarriage Association

Provides support groups, helplines and information for those suffering the effects of pregnancy loss

Merry Widow

An essential on-line resource for widows and widowers of all ages, as well as friends and family who would like to know how best to help.

National Association of Widows

Offers support, friendship and understanding to men and women who have lost their partners through bereavement.

PAPYRUS (Prevention of Young Suicide)

UK resources and support for those dealing with suicide, depression or emotional distress — particularly teenagers and young adults. PAPYRUS is a voluntary UK organisation committed to the prevention of young suicide and the promotion of mental health and emotional wellbeing.


RD4U is a website designed for young people by young people to support people after the death of someone close.


UK charity supporting road traffic victims and their families.

Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society

Support for bereaved parents and families who have suffered the death of a baby either before, during or after birth.

The Sudden Death Support Association

Tel: 0118 988 9797 (24 hour answerphone)

An organisation to help relatives and close friends of people who die suddenly. It is run by people who have experienced a sudden and tragic loss and would like to help others in their time of need.

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. A self help organisation, run by volunteers. Offers support and bereavement packs, group meetings, conferences and residential events.

The Child Bereavement Charity

Provides specialised support, information and training to all those affected when a baby or child dies, or when a child is bereaved.

The Lone Twin Network

Set up in May 1989 to offer a network of contacts and support to anyone whose twin has died, at whatever stage of life. The Network helps twins who have had similar experiences of loss to share their views and feelings and to offer and receive peer support.

The Ruby Care Foundation

‘Taking the fear away from dying’. An international charity providing care of the terminally ill, companionship of the dying, support and counselling for the bereaved.

The WAY Foundation

Provides a self-help social and support network for bereaved men and women under the age of 50 who have lost a partner. The main aim is to help these people to rebuild their lives by helping one another.

Winston’s Wish

Supports bereaved children and young people in the rebuilding of their lives after a family death. Offers practical support and guidance to families, to professionals and to anyone concerned about a grieving child.

Other Related Organisations

Lettering Arts Trust

(Wholly owns Memorials by Artists)

Provides training in letter design and carving and exists to widen people’s awareness and appreciation of the memorial arts.

British Humanist Association

Information on non-religious funerals

Children's Hospices UK

The national voice for children’s hospice services, and through them the children and families who use them.

Helen & Douglas House

A registered charity providing respite and end of life care for children and young adults with life-shortening conditions, as well as support and friendship for the whole family.


Web site for those who want to leave detailed instructions about their wishes before they die

The National Federation of Cemetery Friends

Heritage and conservation minded group concerned about the decline in care of our Victorian cemeteries.

The Natural Death Centre

Provides information on all types of funeral choices, but is especially known for advice & support on family-organised, environmentally-friendly funerals, and Natural Burial Grounds.

Funeral Inspirations

Information and ideas for those who are either pre-planning their own funeral, or organising one for a close friend or family member. Aims to make people more aware of the choices that are available and encourage them to take a more active role in funeral planning.

Final Fling

Final Fling is the spirited, pragmatic home of end-of-life planning.


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