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Bereavement support

Bereavement and grief can be overwhelming, it is important to remember…
you are not alone.

Bereavement can often be a traumatic event and can be difficult to cope with alone. Here at Cheltenham bereavement services, we want to be able to offer useful advice and support to not only the bereaved, but to those who are there supporting someone who has suffered a bereavement.

Below you will find a number of organisations and charities who will be able to provide advice and support, helping you through the grieving process.

  • Sunflowers suicide support is a charity that offers various support services to those living in Gloucestershire who have been bereaved by suspected suicide.
  • Cruse bereavement support is the UK’s leading bereavement charity who are there to help people by offering bereavement support and advise to help you cope with bereavement loss.
  • Winston’s Wish is a national charity that provides support for bereaved children. They offer a free helpline that providers support, information and guidance to all those caring or supporting a child or young person who has been bereaved.
  • Sands is the leading stillbirth and neonatal death charity in the UK. Sands provides bereavement support services both nationally through its Freephone helpline, mobile app, online community and resources, and locally through a UK-wide network of around 100 regional support groups. 
  • SOBS (Survivors of bereavement by suicide) are the only organisation offering peer-to-peer support to all those over the age of 18, impacted by suicide loss in the UK. SOBS help those bereaved by suicide to support each other, at the time of their loss and in the months and years that follow.
  • The miscarriage association is there to help If you’ve been affected by miscarriage, molar pregnancy or ectopic pregnancy.
  • Child Bereavement UK  offers support to help rebuild lives following a child’s death.
  • At a loss – The UK’s signposting and information website for bereaved people and bereavement professionals. Helping bereaved people find the support they need 
  • National Bereavement service provide free practical advice and emotional support to families going through a bereavement – anything from explaining the ins & outs of probate to helping someone find a bereavement counsellor to just providing a listening ear
    Bereavement-Checklist-NBS.pdf (
    NBS-Probate-Leaflet-FULL-UK.pdf (

Below you will find a list of further organisations that offer help, advice, counselling and assistance to all those who are struggling to cope at the hardest of times

  • The Samaritans offer confidential, non-judgmental support through a telephone help line. The line is available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, and offers help for people who are experiencing severe distress or despair. It supports people through emails, letters and face-to-face meetings.
  • Macmillan cancer support is there to help and support all those facing cancer.
  • Marie Curie offer care and support for those living with terminal illness and beyond.
  • Mind is there to provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.
  • Young Minds is a mental health support for young adults and children.
  • PAPYRUS  provide confidential support to young persons struggling with thoughts of suicide and anyone worried about a young person.
  • Counselling Directory  is a confidential UK service which connects you to qualified counsellors.

Additional help and information

  • Dying Matters are there to help people talk more openly about dying, death and make plans for end of life
  • Funeral Expenses Payment – You may be eligible to receive a Funeral Expenses Payment (also called Funeral Payment). if you receive certain benefits and need it to help pay for a funeral you’re arranging. Please visit GOV.UK for more information.
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