Bereavement support - useful resources for family and friends


The shock and grief of the sudden, unexpected death of a loved one can leave you and your family bewildered, confused and in need of emotional support. Here is a list of useful bereavement counselling resources. 

The terrible grief and despair when the death is that of a child or young person is appalling.

Support groups and charities have been founded to give help and try to reduce the grief.

Final Choices lists some of those groups below:

The Bereavement Register

The Bereavement Register reduces the amount of direct mail addressed to those who have died.

Care for the Family

A support network advising and helping those who have been ‘Widowed Young’. Also runs Bereaved Parents Support to help those who have lost a child.

Campaign Against Drinking and Driving (CADD)

This organisation provides support to the families of victims killed or injured by drivers who had been drinking.

Child Bereavement UK

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


A mental health and emotional wellbeing service for young people which meets the needs of children and their families following the death of a loved one.

The Compassionate Friends

An organisation of bereaved parents and their families offering understanding, support and encouragement after the death of a child.

Counselling Directory

Counselling Directory helps those in need of support to connect with a professional counsellor or psychotherapist.

Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse promotes the well-being of bereaved people and helps them understand their grief and cope with their loss. The organisation provides free counselling and support as well as information, advice, education and training services.

The Deceased Preference Service

A free service to stop you receiving post addressed to your deceased loved one, and to prevent the deceased’s identity theft.

Facing Bereavement

Facing Bereavement contains helpful articles on all aspects of bereavement written by their experts who continually update and add new content.

Grief Encounter

Grief Encounter supports bereaved children and their families in the UK to get the best possible help following their loss.

The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID)

The FSID funds research, supports bereaved families and promotes safe baby care advice.

National Association of Widows

The Association, run by widows for widows, offers comfort, friendship and a listening ear to widows and unmarried women who have lost a partner through bereavement.


An organisation offering support for those dealing with suicide, depression or emotional distress - particularly teenagers and young adults.

Pink Therapy

The UK's largest independent therapy organisation working with gender and sexual minority clients. Areas covered by specialist therapists include bereavement.

Road Peace

A UK charity supporting those bereaved or injured in a road accident.


Part of the Suicide Bereavement Support Partnership, giving support and advice to those contemplating suicide because of their grief and bereavement.

Support After Murder or Manslaughter (SAMM)

Samm offers a confidential telephone help line to support people who has experienced the devastating effects of criminal death.

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS)

This organisation meets the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend.

Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society

This charity supports bereaved parents and families, and campaigns for improvements in care during pregnancy and when a baby has died.

Support and Care After Road Death and Injury

An organisation that gives bereavement support and advice to people affected by road death and injury.

The Way Foundation

The Way Foundation provides a social and support network for younger people recently widowed, and their children.

Winston's Wish

A charity helping bereaved children and young people rebuild their lives after a family death. It offers practical support and guidance to families, to professionals and to those concerned about a grieving child.

Work-related death advice service 

A free advice service to families and friends bereaved as a result of a work-related death. They will help you to make sure that the death is properly investigated and subject to proper scrutiny by the prosecuting bodies.

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