Bereavement help can make all the difference as you go through the process of grieving a loss. There are literally hundreds of qualified and specialist bereavement support organizations available all over the U.K., these organisations are experienced and will provide bereavement support to you in a safe environment.
There are a number of ways to can obtain bereavement support as follows:
Phone line support
Bereavement telephone support offers invaluable benefits to individuals navigating the tumultuous waters of grief. It provides immediate accessibility, serving as a lifeline for those in distress, irrespective of geographical location or time constraints. This mode of support offers a sense of anonymity and privacy, allowing individuals to express their emotions freely without the pressure of face-to-face interaction.
The convenience of receiving grief help by phone enables individuals to seek assistance promptly during moments of acute distress. Bereavement telephone support facilitates a non-judgmental space where individuals can explore their feelings, thoughts, and concerns with trained professionals or empathetic volunteers. Importantly, it fosters a sense of connection and understanding, alleviating feelings of isolation and loneliness often experienced after the loss of a loved one.
Face to face support
Face-to-face grief support offers numerous benefits that cater to the emotional, psychological, and social needs of individuals navigating the complex terrain of bereavement. It provides a tangible sense of human connection and empathy, as individuals receive direct emotional support from trained professionals or fellow participants in a group setting. This interpersonal interaction fosters a supportive environment where individuals feel understood, validated, and less alone in their grief journey. In addition, face-to-face support allows for non-verbal communication cues including; eye contact, facial expressions, and gestures. It can enhance the depth of emotional connection and facilitate more profound healing. Face-to-face support provides opportunities for personalized guidance, feedback, and coping strategies tailored to individual needs and circumstances.
Website on-line bereavement help
In addition to telphone and face to face, websites offer a unique and accessible avenue for individuals to get support. It provides a convenient platform for accessing resources, information, and guidance from the comfort of one’s own home. Accessibility is valuable for individuals who may have limited mobility or live in remote areas where in-person support services are scarce. Website support offers anonymity and privacy, allowing individuals to explore their grief at their own pace and in a safe environment.
Many websites provide forums or chatrooms where individuals can connect with others who are experiencing similar losses, fostering a sense of community and understanding. Website support often includes educational materials and coping strategies that individuals can access anytime, helping them navigate the various challenges of grief more effectively.
If you are living in the U.S. I urge you to have a look through the grief toolbox website, a great resource the link as follows: https://thegrieftoolbox.com/
Organisations that provide support in the U.K.
- Death of a Child
- Death of a Parent
- Death of a Partner
- Death from Suicide
- Road Death
- Death from Cancer
- Death from Aids
Telephone: 020 8348 9195
- Infancy Death
Below provides a number of additional organizations that can support you through this very difficult and sad time.
A list of bereavement groups and organisations:
The Compassionate Friends – www.tcf.org.uk -gives support to parents whose son or daughter has died.
The Compassionate Friends
53 North Street
Bristol BS3 1EN
Helpline: 0117 953 0630
Cruse Bereavement Care –www.crusebereavementcare.org.uk
Provides a nationwide service of bereavement counselling, advice, information and social contact through its headquarters. With 196 local branches and services they are open to anyone bereaved by death irrespective of age, race, religion, gender or sexual preference.
Cruse Bereavement Care
126 Sheen Road
Surrey TW9 1UR
Telephone: 020 8940 4818
FACTS Health Centre –
Offer counselling, advice and support if someone has died after being ill from AIDS.
FACTS Health Centre
126 Sheen Road
Surrey TW9 1UR
Telephone: 020 8348 9195
LGBT Bereavement Helpline – www.londonfriend.org.uk/bereavementhelpline
Offers support and advice to lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people who have been bereaved
Helpline: 020 7403 5969 (Every Tuesday and Thursday evening, 7.30 to 10pm)
Manchester Area Bereavement Forum (MABF)www.mabf.org.uk
A voluntary bereavement support and training organisation set up by volunteers in 1993 to offer support to people experiencing loss and those caring agencies involved in bereavement work.
The Grief Centre (MABF)
362 Manchester Road
Lancs, M43 6QX
Tel/Fax:+44(0)161 371 8860
Road Peace – www.roadpeace.org
The United Kingdom’s national charity for road crash victims provides support to those bereaved or injured in a road crash.
PO Box 2579
London NW10 3PW
Tel: 020 8838 5102
Support line: 020 8964 1021
Fax: 020 8838 5103
SSAFA Forces Help–www.ssafa.org.uk
This is the national charity helping serving and ex-Service men, women and their families in need.
SSAFA Forces Help
19 Queen Elizabeth Street
London SE1 2LP
Tel: 020 7403 8783
The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (Cot Death Research and Support)http://www.sids.org.uk/ for parents of a baby who has died suddenly and unexpectedly. They provide leaflets and information for bereaved parents and health professionals.
The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths
14 Halkin Street
London SW1X 7DP
Telephone: 020 7233 8001
Cot Death Helpline: 020 7233 2090 (24 hours)
The Miscarriage Association – www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk
This organisation offer support and information on all aspects of pregnancy loss (miscarriage up to 24 weeks and ectopic pregnancy).
The Miscarriage Association
c/o Clayton Hospital
West Yorkshire WF1 3JS
Telephone: 01924 200 799
The National Association of Widows –www.nawidows.org.uk
This organisation offers friendly help to all widows and their families.
The National Association of Widows
48 Queens Road
Telephone: 024 7663 4848
or Tel/fax 0845 838 2261
The Samaritans –www.samaritans.org.uk
Someone you can talk to24/7 who will give you emotional support. There are over 180 branches in the UK
Tel No- 08457 90 90 90 for the cost of a local call.
In the Republic of Ireland – 1850 60 90 90 for the cost of a local call
The Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society (SANDS) –www.uk-sands.org
Offers support to parents bereaved through pregnancy loss, stillbirth or neonatal death.
The Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society
28 Portland Place
London W1N 4DE
Helpline: 020 7436 5881
The War Widows Association of Great Britain – www.warwidosassociation.org.uk
They offer advice, help and support to all war widows and dependants.
The War Widows Association of Great Britain
c/o 48 Pall Mall
Tel : – 0870 2411 305
If you are feeling lonely and depressed please, contact any of the above organisations, they really can help you through you devastation.