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HELPFUL PLACES FOR YOU TO FIND SOME SOLACE


You’re not alone. When you lose someone, you love, the grief can be all-consuming.

Everyone is different and you’ll react to the loss in a way that is unique to you. But support is available. You might find it helps to talk with someone outside your immediate family or to someone who has been through a similar experience.

When you’re grieving it’s normal to feel disbelief, numbness, anger, physical and mental pain, guilt, depression and regret. Thinking you’re seeing or hearing someone who has died is also a common experience and can be both comforting and distressing. The old adage ‘time heals’ is true but the reality is that grief takes a different course for us all and sometimes we need a little help.

You can talk to religious ministers, hospital chaplains or people from organisations that help bereaved people. You could call one of the following:

Child Bereavement UK provides support and advocacy for children after a loved one dies and for families who have lost a child. Support services include face-to-face counselling at regional centres, a helpline and advice on supporting a child who is grieving, including how to tell them that a loved one has died or is going to die.

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Child Bereavement UK provides support and advocacy for children after a loved one dies and for families who have lost a child. Support services include face-to-face counselling at regional centres, a helpline and advice on supporting a child who is grieving, including how to tell them that a loved one has died or is going to die.

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Winston’s Wish helps children and families after the death of a parent, sibling or carer, including advice on how to talk to a child about death, funerals, and grief. It provides specific support for families who have lost someone because of serious illness, suicide or on military service.

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Scotty’s Little Soldiers helps children and families after the death of a parent who was a member of the regular and reserve British armed forces at the time of their death, or who died because of a condition from which they had to be medically discharged from the forces. Support includes holidays, activities and grief counselling in association with Winston’s Wish.

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Grief Encounter’s mission is to give every child and young person access to the best possible support following the death of someone close. They provide a number of services, including counselling, workshops, courses for schools and universities and professional training modules. They also host a free phoneline: Grieftalk. Their helpline is open 9am-9pm, Monday to Friday. This free service offers support to those who need a confidential space to chat and be heard.

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A network for men and women aged 51 and under whose spouse or partner has died. Support includes regional groups, social events, and advice on issues from coping with grief and parenting, to starting new relationships.

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An online social network for people in their 50s and 60s whose spouse or partner has died.

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Compassionate Friends helps parents, siblings and grandparents after the death of a child. Resources include telephone and online grief counselling, regional support groups, social events and advice on coping with grief after the death of a child.

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Helpline for parents, and other family members, who are grieving the death of a child of any age, from birth to adulthood. A telephone interpreting service is available to take calls in any language, but advance notice is required.

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Social network for men after the death of child, including miscarriage, stillbirth, and adult children. The network provides closed Facebook groups for men, especially fathers, who have lost a child, and a separate one for families.

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Bereavement support and grief counselling for anyone, including healthcare professionals, affected by the death of a baby. Resources include a helpline, support groups and online forum, booklets, memory boxes and an app.

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Petals supports parents after the death of a child during pregnancy or birth. Support includes up to 6 hours of free grief counselling.

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Bereavement support and grief counselling for parents after the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or young child, including specific support for families of children who were more than one year old when they died.

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Helpline, support groups and advice for anyone affected by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy.

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Helpline, support groups and retreats for people over 18 years of age who have been bereaved by suicide, including specific help for LGBT+ people.

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Support and grief counselling for people after the death of a loved one from alcohol and drug use provided by Cruse Bereavement Care, including specific advice on working with the police and dealing with social stigma.

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A helpline for LGBT+ that takes calls 10am-10pm on any issue 365 days a year, on any issue, including bereavement and grief.

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