National Organisations

Bereavement Advice Centre

Helpline and web-based information service offering support, information and advice about what to do after a death and the practical issues and procedures that people may face.

Helpline: 0800 634 9494  (9.00-5.00 Mon-Fri)



For those bereaved by, or injured in, road accidents

0808 800 0401


Child Death Helpline

Offers a confidential telephone listening service offering emotional support to all affected by the death of a child.  Helpline staffed by bereaved parents who are trained and supported by professional staff. 

0800 282 986 or 0808 800 6019


Cruse Bereavement Care

The national website provides telephone counselling, practical information about what to do after a death, links to useful organisations, on-line support, information about adult and children’s grief and hosts a dedicated website for young people

0808 808 1677 (free of charge) (for young people)


Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends are bereaved parents who offer support and friendship to parents whose child has died at any age and from any cause.  Support is also available for bereaved adult siblings (Support in Bereavement for Brothers and Sisters - SIBBS) and grandparents.  The Shadow of Suicide group (SOS) can put parents in touch with other parents who have lost children through suicide.  Contact via national helpline which is answered by a bereaved parent who provides support and information.  There is an active group in Oxfordshire and Berkshire 

Helpline: 0345 123 2304 (daily 10.00-16.00, 19.00 -22.00)

Oxford group:
0118 940 3038 or 07970 611013


Dying Matters Coalition

Aims to change societal attitudes to dying, death and bereavement.  The website provides links to organisations providing help (Find Me Help section), a useful publications guide and leaflets such as ‘Telling Others About a Death’, ‘Looking After Yourself’ and ‘Coping with Grief’.


London Friend

A gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans charity offering counselling and support including bereavement support.

Helpline: 020 7833 1674


Lullaby Trust  (Formerly the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths)

Trained bereaved parents offer a befriending service by phone or email. 

0808 802 6868 (bereavement line)
0808 802 6869 (information line)



Provides information about how to manage the practical tasks that need to be done following a death and how grief affects people in different ways.  Also provides an on-line discussion forum for bereaved people and a guide to local support groups.


Miscarriage Association

Offers information and support to people who have been affected by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy.

01924 200 799 (Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm)



Provides emotional and practical support to those bereaved or injured in a road crash (RTA).  Helpline staffed by volunteers who themselves have been bereaved or injured in a RTA.  Also offers befriending, a resilience building course and specific guides and information sheets on the legal procedures that follow a road death

Helpline: 0845 4500 355, 9.00-17.00, Mon-Fri


SCARD (Support and Care After Road Death and Injury)

Provides emotional and practical support and counselling to those bereaved following a road crash. 

0845 123 5542 (9.00-9.00 daily)


SSAFA Forces Help

National charity helping serving and ex-serving men and women and their families.

0800 731 4880 10.30-21.30 weekdays


Sudden Death Association

We understand that people bereaved by sudden death suffer terribly.

Sudden is an initiative by Brake, the road safety charity, focusing on bereavement from any type of sudden death, whether it’s through a road crash, suicide, disaster, war, accident, or undiagnosed medical reasons.  Provides support literature for bereaved adults and children and supports best practice and resources among professionals.


Support After Suicide

A national partnership of organisations working across the UK to support people bereaved or affected by suicide.  Provides information including a booklet ‘Help is at Hand’ available on-line or in print.


Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS)

SOBS is a mutual support organisation that exists to break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend.  Provides emotional and practical support through a helpline, chat room and forum, group meetings and residential events.

0300 111 5065(9.00-21.00 daily)


War Widows Association of Great Britain

Gives advice, help and support to all war widows and their dependants.

0845 241 2189

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