[Sticky] Bereavement support organisations
Losing a loved one can be extremely difficult to come to terms with, especially if the loss is unexpected. There are many organisations out there that can help you through this difficult time including the following -
Bereavement helplines and services
Birmingham Sands - Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity
Helpline : 07709 425001
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
- We too are parents whose babies have died during pregnancy, at birth or shortly afterwards. Although every experience is different we understand how devastating the death of a baby can be. You can talk to a local befriender or other parents, via our helpline or email
- We support mothers, fathers, same sex partners and anyone else affected e.g. grandparents, siblings, children, friends and health professionals.
- We offer support during subsequent pregnancies and have a dedicated email run by Dads for Dads who can find it difficult to talk openly with their family.
- We also have leaflets covering issues e.g. benefits, returning to work, sexual problems and about another pregnancy.
Brake – The Road Safety Charity
Victim Helpline: 0808 8000 401
- Road safety affects everyone. For some people, it changes everything. Road crashes and casualties end lives too soon, leave communities in shock and victims feeling alone.
- Our helpline supports anyone bereaved or seriously injured through a road crash, whether the crash happened recently or a long time ago. It is also for professionals who need information about how to help people affected by a crash.
- Support provided includes emotional support, practical and procedural advice, accessing specialist services like legal advice or counseling, advocacy and signposting to other appropriate agencies.
- Brake support literature is available on various topics, and includes bereavement guides, serious injury guides and specialist children’s literature.
The Compassionate Friends
Helpline: 0345 123 2304
Website: tcf.org .uk
- The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is a dedicated to support similarly bereaved family members who have suffered the death of a child of any age and from any cause.
- We have support different kinds of support, whatever your circumstances – we are here to help via online support, Telephone helpline, local support, Resources.
Child Bereavement UK
Helpline : 0800 02 888 40 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.
Email : email@example.com
- If someone important to you has just died, or you have just found out they are very seriously very ill, you are not alone and you can get help and support.
- Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals both when a baby or child dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.
- We can help you to access:
- Counselling and Bereavement Support
- School pastoral team or trained teaching staff
- Peer Support
- Message boards and Forums
Cruse Bereavement Care
Third Floor, King Edward Building
205 Corporation Street, Birmingham,
West Midlands, B4 6SE
Telephone: 0121 687 8010
Helpline: 0808 808 1677
Monday – Friday 9.30-5pm (excluding bank holidays)
- We offer free confidential support for adults and children, by telephone, email or face-to-face. We provide bereavement counselling and support groups, including monthly family support.
- In our safe, youth friendly space, young people can work through their grief in their own time and own way. This will be accompanied by a trained, experienced volunteer who can work with them individually over a period of 6-8 weekly sessions.
Hope Again- Young People Living after Loss
Cruse Bereavement Care’s Youth website is a safe place where you can learn from other young people, how to cope with grief, and feel less alone.
- Hope Again are here for any young person dealing with the loss of a loved one. You can join the conversation, read our stories by fellow young people and find ways to cope if you are having suicidal thoughts or are self-harming.
- Talking about how you’re feeling, is helpful, even though it can be really hard. When you click the 'Talk To Us' button on the homepage, a young person will reply to you.
- If you don't want to talk out loud, we have creative ways for you to you to let your emotions out in a way that you enjoy e.g. write a letter, poem or song, draw a picture or make a photo collage.
- You can also visit our video gallery for our "Being There" Films about life, grief and hope.
43a Calthorpe Road
Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 1TS
Telephone: 0121 454 1705
- Support and counselling for children aged 4 - 18 years who are bereaved of a sibling, parent or significant carer.
- Support and counselling to any parent affected by the death of their own child (up to age 25).
On-line bereavement support for young people, parents & professionals
- Grief is not an easy subject to talk about. There really are no rules on how you to get through it; however there are ways to make it easier.
- We offer personal support, resources to help you communicate what you are feeling, steps to channel your grief positively and material for further along the line.
Helpline: 0845 4500 355 9am-9pm daily
- National charity for bereaved and injured road traffic victims, which provides information and support through its helpline, literature, local groups, Resilience Building Support Programmes and contact with people who have suffered a similar experience.
- RoadPeace helps bereaved families by providing peer support and connecting victims with others similarly affected whilst providing ways to cope with the aftermath a road death. Our befriending service puts callers in touch with others who have previously been through a similar experience to themselves.
- Our West Midlands group meets bi-monthly in Birmingham on the third Wednesday of every other month, and are facilitated by Lucy Harrison and Jane Evans. For further information contact Belina Rauli on 020 7733 1603.
Support After Suicide Partnership
- We are a network of organisations that support people who have been bereaved or affected by suicide.
- We also have a booklet of help and guidance here, Help is at Hand as PDF, published by Public Health England, and firstname.lastname@example.org (please supply an address). It contains practical advice, links and phone numbers to help you navigate the coroner’s courts, funerals, supporting the children etc during this difficult time, as well as helpline numbers if you just need someone to talk to.
Support after Murder and Manslaughter
Helpline: 0121 451 1618 or 0845 872 3440
- If you have lost someone dear to you through murder or manslaughter you’re not alone.
- SAMMS offers a confidential telephone help line where you can talk to someone who has experienced the devastating effects of this most distressing crime.
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide S.O.B.S
Telephone: 0844 561 6855
Email : email@example.com
- Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide support those left behind after a suicide.
- We offer a unique service for bereaved adults across the UK, run by the bereaved for the bereaved.
- We offer support via our helpline, email support, support groups, online forum and LGBTQ support.
- We aim to provide a safe, confidential environment in which bereaved people can share their experiences and feelings.
Way Widowed & Young
- WAY offers support and friendship to young bereaved people, whatever their circumstances, however long ago their partner died.
- We help men and women up to the age of 50, parents and those without children.
‘We support children, young people and their families after the death of a parent or sibling.’
Tel Helpline: 0808 802 0021
- We believe in a society in which every child can get the help they need when someone close to them dies. Our National Freephone Helpline is manned by trained clinical practitioners and is confidential.
- With the right support a child can face the future with confidence and hope.
- We are the only specialist provider of support for military families and for children bereaved through homicide and suicide.