Bereavement counselling and advice

There are a wide range of specialist bereavement counselling services available to help, support and advise you following the death or a relative or friend.

Further information

Child Bereavement UK

Telephone: 0800 028 8840

Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. Their vision is for all families to have the support they need to rebuild their lives.

Child Bereavement Network

Telephone: 0207 843 6054

The Child Bereavement Network is a directory of services throughout the UK that offer support to bereaved children and young people as well as other information and resources (including postcards to help children explain needs to school or others).

Cruse Bereavement Care

Telephone: 0116 288 4119

Cruse Bereavement Care is the leading national charity for bereaved people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies and work to enhance society’s care of bereaved people.

Cruse offers face-to-face, telephone, email and website support. They have a national helpline and local services, and a website and freephone helpline specifically for children and young people. Services are provided by trained volunteers and are confidential and free.

Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity (Sands)

Telephone: 0207 436 5881

SANDS supports anyone who has been affected by the death of a baby before, during or shortly after birth. They offer emotional support and information for parents, grandparents, siblings, children, families and friends, health professionals and others.

The Laura Centre

Telephone: 0116 254 4341

Opened by the bereavement charity COPE in 1991, The Laura Centre offers specialist bereavement counselling to parents whose child has died and to children or young people who have been bereaved of a parent or significant person. Based in Leicester, the centre offers wide ranging individual and group support as well as a variety of alternative therapies

Shama Women's Centre

Telephone: 0116 262 5876

Shama Women's Centre in Highfields, Leicester provide free bereavement counselling support services plus a range of therapeutic activities for women who have lost a loved one at any point in their lives. They offer cultural-based counselling support through individual and group therapy.

Sue Ryder online community

A safe and supportive online forum for anyone facing the death of a loved one to share experiences and support each other.

Winston’s Wish

Telephone: 01242 515 157

Winston’s Wish is the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK offering practical support and guidance to bereaved children, their families and professionals.

Winston’s website has extensive resources for parents/carers and schools as well as many areas for children and young people. This includes guidance on how to talk to children about a range of topics including causes of death, serious illness and funerals. There is a list of books and other resources for all subjects and some DVDs, films that can be viewed directly from the site.

The Natural Death Centre

Telephone: 01962 712 690

The Natural Death Centre is an educational charity that gives free, impartial advice on all aspects of dying, bereavement and consumer rights. The organisation provide support on family-organised and environmentally friendly funerals, and runs the Association of Natural Burial Grounds.