National Support Services

National Support Services

Have a look here at the national bereavement support services that can offer help.


For support in Sussex, including Carers Support, Cruse, Healthwatch, Jigsaw and LGBTQ Switchboard, see our local support services page.

 Age UK has produced some detailed information guides, with the help of experts, older people and carers, including When Someone Dies and Bereavement 

At a Loss provides advice on bereavement and signposting to support.

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 of bereavement.

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.

Compassionate Support provide support for bereaved parents and families. 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.

Death Cafes are discussion groups (rather than grief support or counselling) where people, often strangers, gather to drink tea, eat cake and talk about death. Find your nearest Death Cafe, both in-person and virtual gatherings are available.

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. Trained counsellors are available via WhatsApp, Zoom and telephone.

Let's Talk About Loss is an online "grief club" for young people aged 18-35. The team run many campaigns, including a Bereavement Book Club, to encourage people to talk through the taboos of death and address the realities of losing someone close to you.

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.

The Mind website has 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.

The Muslim Bereavement Support Service serves the Muslim community by supporting bereaved women who have lost a loved one.

 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.

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. 

Winston's Wish offers one-off and ongoing bereavement support following the death of a parent or sibling for children, young people and those who care for them, 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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