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Help with bereavement

Maybe you just need to talk to someone on the phone. The Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, as is NHS Direct. The hours in which you can contact specialist bereavement helplines do vary. Try the phone numbers below or look on their websites. If you’re not sure what to do, talk to your funeral director about how you’re feeling and he or she will direct you towards the service that is best for you.

You may benefit from more long-term support, in which case, talk to your GP about bereavement counselling or contact the organisations listed below. For many people, grieving only begins after the funeral.

There are no rights and wrongs when it comes to grief. Neither is there magical advice which will suddenly cure your pain. But there are experienced professional people who understand and who want to help you. Just take your time and you will find the support that is right for you.

'He who has no time to mourn has no time to mend' John Donne

» 24hour helplines

The Samaritans
08457 90 90 90

NHS Direct
0845 46 47

 

» Helplines and Counselling for Bereavement

BBC Health
Information on the experience of bereavement and advice on ways to come to terms with loss, and a comprehensive listing of useful contact information.

Barnet Bereavement Service 020 8441 3572
Free bereavement counselling for adults.

Camden, City, Islington and Westminster Bereavement Service 020 7284 0090
Free bereavement counselling help for any adult either living within or registered with a GP, in Camden, Islington and the City of Westminster, or who live, work or are registered with a GP, within the City of London.

Child Death Helpline 0800 282 986
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.

Child Bereavement 01494 568 900
Supports families and educate professionals both when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.

Compassionate Friends 0845 123 2304
An organisation of bereaved families offering support to others after the death of a child or children. The helpline is always answered by a bereaved parent who is there to listen.

Cruse Bereavement Care 0844 477 9400
Promotes the well-being of bereaved people and enables anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss.

The Miscarriage Association 01924 200 799
Offers support and information to anyone affected by the loss of a baby in pregnancy

Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society (SANDS) 020 7436 5881
Supports anyone affected by the death of a baby during pregnancy or after birth.

The Way Foundation 0300 012 4929
Supports young widowed men and women as they adjust to life after the death of their partner – whether that was a month, a year, or ten years ago.

Way Up
An active self-help group aimed at providing mutual support to widows and widowers, primarily in their 50s and 60s.

Winston’s Wish 08452 03 04 05
Helps young people to re-adjust to life after the death of a parent or sibling.

Young Minds - Parents’ helpline 0808 802 5544
Offers free confidential online and telephone support to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25.

 

 

 

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