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Helpful organisations for grief and bereavement


Grief and bereavement support

When a loved one passes away, coping with grief can be incredibly difficult for some people. We've listed a number of helpful organisations which offer bereavement support below.

Bereavement support

Cruse Bereavement Care (England and Wales)

Cruse can help anyone who has lost someone they love.
Helpline: 0808 808 1677 
Young persons helpline: 0808 808 1677
Write to: Cruse Bereavement Care, PO Box 800,
Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1RG

Cruse Bereavement Care (Scotland)

Helpline: 0845 600 2227
Write to: Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland,
Riverview House, Friarton Road, Perth PH2 8DF

The Samaritans

Samaritans offer a 24-hour phone listening service.
Helpline: 116 123

Citizens Advice

This is a good source of practical help and advice and is particularly helpful with financial or legal problems.
Visit to find your nearest bureau.

At a loss

At A Loss is the UK's signposting website for the bereaved – a comprehensive and accurate directory of services and information helping people easily and quickly find bereavement support and information appropriate to their situation and location in one place.

Write to:, PO Box 824, Chichester, PO19 9WW

Death of a child

The Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends offers help for parents whose children have died.
Helpline: 0845 123 2304
Open daily: 10am to 4pm and 7pm to 10pm.
Write to: The Compassionate Friends,
Kilburn Grange, Priory Park Road, London, NW6 7UJ

The Child Death Helpline

A helpline for anyone affected by the death of a child of any age.
Helpline: 0800 282 986
(Monday to Friday 10am to 1pm, Tuesday and
Wednesday 1pm to 4pm and Every Evening 7pm
to 10pm).

The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths

They offer help for parents whose children have died from cot death.
Helpline: 0808 802 6868
Write to: FSID, 11 Belgrave Road, London SW1V 1RB


Mental Health Foundation

9th Floor
Sea Containers House
20 Upper Ground
London SE1 9QB
Phone: 020 7803 1100


Mind information line
PO Box 277
Manchester M60 3XN
Phone: 0300 123 3393

Depression Alliance

20 Great Dover Street
London SE1 4LX
Phone: 0845 123 23 20


15th Floor
89 Albert Embankment
London, SE1 7TP
Phone: 0845 456 0455

Violent Death

Victim Support

Hallam House, 56-60 Hallam Street,
London W1W 6JL
Supportline: 0845 30 30 900

Support After Murder and Manslaughter

L&DRC Tally Ho, Pershore Road, Edgbaston
Birmingham B5 7RN
Helpline: 0845 872 3440


We understand that when someone who is close to you dies, you often have to deal with many unfamiliar practical tasks at a time when you feel distressed and least able to cope.

That’s why we’ve decided to work with the National Bereavement Service (NBS) to offer help and support for you and your loved ones when it really matters. NBS understands just how important it is to both prepare for our own deaths and all that we experience when someone we are close to has died and we are not sure what has to be done or how to cope with all of our feelings.

NBS understands how difficult it can be to grieve so their advisors will listen to you and support you. They will help you decide if you need additional support. There are many bereavement support organisations and they can help identify which will be most helpful for you.

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Related guides

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