• The Bereavement Register: Service specifically designed to remove from databases and mailing files, the names and addresses of people who have died. 
    Tel:020 7089 6403 or 0800 082 1230 (24 hour automated registration service) 


  • Bereavement Trust Helpline: Support for anyone who has been bereaved.
    Tel: 0800 435 455  - 6pm-10pm every evening


  • BrakeCare: Helpline for people bereaved or injured in a road crash, listening ear and information on practical matters, and local counselling and trauma therapy services.  Also offers assistance to police officers and other professionals.
    Tel: 0808 8000 401 Web:


  • Campaign Against Drinking and Driving: To support and assist the victims and families of victims who have suffered death or injury by drunken drivers on the roads in the UK.
    Helpline 0845 123 5542 Web: 


  • Child Bereavement Charity: Support for bereaved families, online discussion forums, information.
    Tel: 0800 02 888 40 Web: 


  • The Compassionate Friends: Helpline and support services run by bereaved parents. Support to parents and their immediate families after the death of a child/children of any age and from any cause. 
    Tel: 0345 123 2304 Web:
    Northern Ireland Helpline: 0288 77 88 016


  • Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority: Tel: 0300 003 3601 Web:

  • Cruse Bereavement Care: Provides support services for people who have been bereaved. Helpline offering listening support and practical advice related to bereavement, including dealing with an estate, debt and arranging a funeral. Puts people in touch with local cruse branches that provide a range of services including individual and group support.
    Helpline 0844 477 9400  Email: Web: 


  • Cruse Bereavement Care: Hope - Helpline and other support for young people aged 12-18 following a bereavement. Also provide email and online support. Also group work with young people.
    Tel: 0808 808 1677 Web:


  • Child Death Helpline:  Helpline for anyone affected by the death of a child of any age. Advice, information, listening, befriending, referrals and face to face service by arrangement. 
    Tel: 0800 282 986 Web:


  • Grief Encounter Project: Workshops, one to one counselling telephone advice, resources and an interactive website for bereaved children, young people and their families.
    Tel: 020 8371 8455 Web: 


  • The Laura Centre: A family bereavement counselling centre which provides confidential counselling and group support free of charge for anyone affected by death of a child, at any age and from any cause. Any school aged child affected by the death of a parent, grandparent or significant adult. Telephone and email support throughout UK, face to face primarily Leicester, Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Warwickshire and Lincolnshire.
    Tel: 0116 254 4341 Web:


  • The Lullaby Trust
    Offer confidential support to anyone affected by the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or young toddler. This is available immediately or at any later time in your lives. This support is for families, friends, carers and professionals.
    Tel: 0808 802 6868 Web:


  • Natural Death Centre: Information on 200 natural burial grounds, biodegradable coffins and other coffins, how to organise an inexpensive green funeral with or without funeral directors, looking after someone dying at home, Living Wills, Death Plans etc. 
    Tel: 01962 712690 Web:


  • RoadPeace: Helpline providing practical and emotional support for people who have suffered bereavement or injury in a road crash. Advice on rights, finding a lawyer, counselling and other support services.
    Tel: 0845 450 0355 Web:


  • Rosie Crane TrustThe Rosie Crane Trust provides support to bereaved parents.
    Tel: 01460 55120 24hr helpline


  • SAMM (Support After Murder and Manslaughter): Telephone support line for families and friends of homicide victims.
    Tel: 0121 451 1618 / 0845 872 3440 Web: 


  • SCARD: (Support and Care After Road Death & Injury): To alleviate distress to people who have been bereaved, injured or affected by road death or injury. Set up by a family who lost their 27 year old son in a car accident. Provide emotional and practical support, helpline, support groups, meetings and personal support. Help assist and accompany affected families and individuals and friends to Crown, Magistrates, or Coroners Court. Send out independent and informative informative information with regard to the judicial system, provides access to free initial legal help and advice, can assist bereaved families with access to free counselling within and outside the organisation.
    Helpline: 0845 1235542 


  • Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide: National Helpline and other support services run by a self help group for people bereaved by suicide. Helpline provides listening support and will put people in touch with their nearest local group. Monthly group meetings in various locations. Bereavement pack and literature for survivors. Conferences and support days.
    Tel: 0300 111 5065 Web: 


  • Victim Support: Emotional support, information and practical help to victims of crimes ranging from burglary to murder through a network of local branches. The Witness Service, operating in every criminal court, offers support and practical information about the court process before, during and after a trial.
    Tel: 0808 1689 111 Web:


  • Way Up - Way Up is an active self help group aimed at providing mutual support to those widowed in their 50s and 60s. It is a group with a positive forward looking attitude to rebuild our lives and discovering that lives can be good again, that we can be happy once more.

  • WAY Widowed and Young:
    National charity for men and women aged 50 or under when their partner died. Peer-to-peer support group run by a network of volunteers who have been bereaved at a young age themselves so they understand exactly what other members are going through. More than 1,500 member across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.


  • Winston's Wish:  Support for bereaved children and young people.
    Tel: 0845 20 30 405 Web: -

Useful websites

  • - Support to people who have suffered miscarriage or stillbirth. For women and their partners

  • - Online support site for those who have been bereaved

  • - the aim of this website is to assist those who have recently lost a loved one and are unable to find accurate information about funeral costs. Information includes: Arranging a funeral, finding suppliers, buying a Headstone, types of funeral, average funeral costs, help with funeral costs, legal requirements.

    Information and support site for anyone who has lost a partner

    Online tribute charity - create a free tribute to commemorate and remember your loved one

  • - Self help guide on bereavement under leaflets: Mental Health

  • - Click on 'medical conditions', click on 'mental health' then Bereavement for a Self Help Guide

  • - The Jolly Dollies are an organisation started by widows for widows whose main objective is to help widows regain a social life through friendship and organised social events. Our aim is to connect widows locally and nationally, so that The Jolly Dollies network can reach all those widows who want and deserve to have a full, happy and supportive social life.

    The Loss Foundation is a registered charity providing support to people who have lost loved ones to cancer; spouses, family members, friends. The charity operates support groups within London and Oxford, and other supportive events. They also provide an array of bereavement information on their website to support those that fall out of their support group catchment area.



  • Animal Samaritans Pet Bereavement Service: 
    Tel: 020 8303 1859 Web:


  • Association of Private Pet Cemeteries and Crematoria: 
    Tel: 01252 844478 Web:


  • EASE Pet Loss Support Services: - offer a wide range of support resources, covering different aspects of grief in pet bereavement - free to download or view or listen to online: (Face-to-face support is available by arrangement in East Devon only)


  • Pet Bereavement Support Service: Open every day 8.30am-8.30pm. Will put you in touch with your nearest telephone befriender.
    Tel: 0300 777 1897 Web:


  • SupportLine: Emotional support to children, young adults and adults on any issue. Also keep details of counsellors and support groups throughout the UK. Email:

Useful Websites - (American site) Grief and loss support

  • ADDISS – The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information & Support Service 
    People friendly information and resources to anyone who needs assistance.
    Tel: 020 8952 2800 Web: 


  • Advisory Centre for Education - Online advice on special educational needs.


  • AFASIC - A parent-led organisation to help children and young people with speech and language impairments and their families including a helpline, publications, support groups, online message boards.
    Tel: 0300 666 9410 Web:


  • Ambitious About Autism – national charity for children and young people with autism, provide services including online community and specialist education through the Treehouse School.
    Tel: 020 8815 5444 Web: 


  • Autism Anglia: Based in Colchester offers advice and support and direction to families across Essex who are affected by autism. Website includes information about autism and also information about the Autism Alert Card free to anyone with autism which helps the police and emergency services quickly identify they are dealing with someone with autism.
    Tel: 01206 577 678 Web:

  • Cambian Group - Leading UK provider of specialist services in education, mental health, rehabilitation and learning disabilities.
    Tel: 0800 138 1418 Web:


  • Contact a Family Helpline: UK wide charity providing advice, information, support for parents of children with disabilities. Also enable parents to get in contact with other families both on a local and national level.
    Tel: 0808 808 3555 Web: 


  • IPSEA:  Registered charity offering free and independent advice to parents of children with special educational needs on local authorities legal duties to assess and provide for children with special educational needs, actions or inaction by local authorities and schools which discriminate against children with disabilities, exclusion of children with special need. 
    Tel: 0800 018 4016 Web:


  • National Autistic Society: Information on Autism and Aspergers including support groups, respite services, diagnosis, therapeutic approaches etc.
    Tel: 0808 800 4104  Web:


  • Parents for Inclusion: Helpline offering advice, listening, referrals for families trying to achieve mainstream education for their disabled children. Web: 

  • Scottish Autism: Help and Advice:An organisation dedicated to enriching the lives of people with autism. Includes advice, knowledge share seminars, online parent support programme and interactive website about autism  
    Tel: 01259 222022 Web: -


  • SAFE (Supporting Asperger Families in Essex): Parent support groups which meet in the Colchester, Chelmsford, Basildon and Southend areas on a regular basis.


  • SNAP (Special Needs and Parents): registered charity that helps Essex families who have children with special needs and disabilities. Aim to encourage and support parents so that they can grow in strength and knowledge and become better equipped to give positive help to their children
    Tel: 01277 211 300 Web: -

Useful websites

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