National support services

National support services

For support in Sussex, including Carers Support, Cruse, Healthwatch, Jigsaw and LGBTQ Switchboard, see our Local Support Services section on the left.

Age UK has produced some detailed information guides on a number of areas relating to bereavement, with the help of experts, older people and carers:



At a Loss provides advice for if you have been bereaved through COVID-19, as well as how to help someone you know who has been bereaved, and supporting children through the pandemic.


BAMEStream is a new service offering bereavement support to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) adults who have been affected by the death of a loved one due to COVID-19. Therapeutic support is available in over 20 different languages.


Carers UK recognises that, as well as coping with the loss of the person you looked after, you may also be coping with the loss of your caring role. Their guidance helps carers deal with the emotional and practical impact.


The Childhood Bereavement Network signposts families, professionals and the public to sources of bereavement support for children. Find out more about how children grieve, how to talk to children about major incidents they may have experienced or seen on the news, and download suggestion cards designed by other young people who have been bereaved.


Child Bereavement UK helps children and young people (up to age 25), parents and families to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. There is some specific support for families affected by illness and bereavement during the pandemic.


General support for bereaved parents and families, as well as grieving the death of a child during the pandemic. Speak to a trained bereaved parent volunteer on The Compassionate Friends' helpline or, for online support, join their community chat forum and private Facebook groups.


Family Lives provides advice and links for how to cope when a child or baby dies; loss in pregnancy; supporting bereaved children and young people.


The Good Grief Trust offers particular support in the early days and weeks for those who have suddenly or unexpectedly lost a loved one. The website also has a section dedicated to support during the pandemic and there is a Queer Funeral Guide available to support the LGBTQ+ community.


Grief Encounter provides free, one-to-one support to children and young people who have suffered a bereavement. As well as immediate help following a death, they have answered families' most asked questions and have developed grief guides on a range of topics.


Hope Again is the youth website of Cruse Bereavement Care. It is a safe place where young people can learn from other young people about how to cope with grief and feel less alone.


The Jewish Bereavement Counselling Service supports Jewish individuals experiencing loss and bereavement, including advice on grief during the pandemic. Trained counsellors are available via WhatsApp, Zoom and telephone.


Macmillan Cancer Support has a Coping with Bereavement section on its website. This information is designed to support anyone whose partner, relative or friend has died.


Marie Curie provides information and emotional support for people living with a terminal illness and those caring for somebody with one. Information is available on caring for someone dying at home and end of life care during the pandemic.


On Mind's website you can find suggestions for helping yourself and others through grief. There is also information about the different feelings people can experience following a loss, and a section specifically about losing someone to suicide.


There is a whole section dedicated to grief after bereavement or loss on the NHS website. It lists the common symptoms of grief and things that might help someone experiencing these feelings, plus how to get NHS help for stress, anxiety or depression. 


Struggling to pay for a funeral can impact everything, from mental health to debt management. Quaker Social Action's Down to Earth project gives practical support, including a free helpline and a range of guides and factsheets.


Sands (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death) supports anyone who has been affected by the death of a baby before, during or shortly after birth.


Case workers at Sudden can help people during the first 10 weeks following a sudden bereavement, as a result of a medical reason (including COVID-19) or terminal illness, injuries, or suicide.


Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide exists to meet the needs and overcome the isolation of people aged 18+ who have been bereaved by suicide. Download their very thorough Support After Suicide leaflet.


WAY (Widowed & Young) offers a peer-to-peer support network for anyone who has lost a partner before their 51st birthday - married or not, with or without children, whatever your sexual orientation. 


Support following the death of a parent or sibling for children, young people and those who care for them. Winston's Wish offers one-off and ongoing bereavement support, as well as online resources and specialist publications. 


The Young Minds website has a section on Grief & Loss, which includes information for young people and signposts where to go for further support.

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