UK Bereavement Charities
In our lives, chances are we will experience loss and grief in some form or other. Unfortunately, it is unavoidable. Grief effects each of us differently, and some people will need more support than others, depending on the relationship and circumstances surrounding the loss occurred.
Sometimes, these feelings and emotions that come with grief may begin to affect our day-to-day lives and have a massive impact on our other relationships and wellbeing. When this happens, it can be a very lonely and isolating time for the person experiencing this; which is why there are charities to help with this.
Specialised support is available, no matter the circumstances the grief has occurred – no one has to deal with bereavement alone. Below is a list of UK based charities that all specialise in different areas of bereavement.
At a Loss is a charity which helps point people in the direction of the right bereavement services for them. Along with this, they can also help guide people to the right counselling and support services in their area.
At a Loss has also helped many people deal with loss during the COVID-19 pandemic.
BEAD offers support for anyone bereaved as a result of drug or alcohol use.
Child Bereavement UK support children who are facing loss, along with offering support for people who have experienced, or are experiencing, the loss of a child.
The Compassionate Friends help support families who have lost a child.
Cruse Bereavement Care are the UK’s largest bereavement charity and offer support to anyone grieving.
Given that death does happen to us all, Dying Matters aims to help people to talk openly about it. They help to understand death and offer support with plans for end of life.
Charity run by the bereaved, helping all those suffering grief in the UK. Can help you find reassurance, advice and support. They have a detailed page of coronavirus bereavement advice.
The Samaritans are open 24/7 for absolutely anyone who may need to talk. This doesn’t necessarily have to be anything to do with grief and loss – they are available at all times to listen.
Sudden offers support for people who have been bereaved by an unexpected or sudden death. No matter the circumstances the death occurred, Sudden will offer support where they can.
Unfortunately, death by suicide isn’t spoken about as openly as it should be; leaving people bereaved and affected by suicide feeling isolated and alone. SOBS offers support to people who have been affected by suicide and aim to help where they can.
Quite often, people assume widows are elderly people. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. WAY offers support to under 50s, when their partner has passed away.
Always seek professional advice if you feel your mental health is deteriorating, the NHS has a directory for mental health charities if you need advice – but if you need urgent help, call 999.
By Rebecca Thomas