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What bereavement support is available?

Bereavement can be one of the most traumatic and heart-wrenching experiences we ever face. It is not something that should ever be faced alone, which is why there are a host of bereavement support organisations and charities in the UK to help you through this difficult time in your life. Here are some places you can access support after losing a loved one.

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Bereavement Advice Centre

Bereavement Advice Centre offers web-based support, as well as a free helpline, for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. It aims to provide practical information to highlight the steps that must be taken when you experience a bereavement.

It promises to answer all of your questions, even if it has to go away and do some research before they can come back to you. Bereavement Advice Centre also aims to signpost other organisations that it thinks can offer you additional help.

The main focus for the organisation is to respond to areas of need, rather than duplicating existing services, which is why the advice it offers centres on the practical issues surrounding a bereavement.

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Bereavement UK

Bereavement UK offers support and advice to people who have experienced the loss of a loved one 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The website is a hub of information for people across the globe, but focuses on those living in the UK.

The organisation works with bereavement services across the country, meaning that when you contact them, they can put you in touch with someone who is local to you. Its mission statement is to provide you with the best possible service at a time when you need it most.

Bereavement UK also provides bespoke training courses, consultations and produces online articles that focus on supporting people during difficult periods of their life.

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Child Bereavement UK

Child Bereavement UK provides support to families when a baby or child has died or is dying. It also offers a service for children who are facing bereavement, if they lose a parent or sibling, for example.

In addition to providing a grief support service, the organisation also trains more than 8,000 professionals every year to help them understand and meet the needs of bereaved families.

Its mission is to make sure every family in the UK can access high-quality child bereavement services, while also aiming to plug the gap that exists in current support options.

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Cruse Bereavement Care is a national charity that offers support and guidance to those who have lost someone. Based in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the organisation works with bereaved children, young people and adults to help them work through their loss, while also trying to improve society’s care of the bereaved.

There are many ways in which to access the service, including face-to-face conversations and support via the phone and email. They have a network of more than 5,000 trained volunteers who offer free and confidential help to those finding it difficult to cope after a bereavement. Cruse also offers a service specifically designed to support children and young people when they suffer a loss.

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Much Loved

Much Loved is an online hub that puts you in touch with grief support organisations in your local area. It works with an array of bereavement agencies to ensure everyone in the UK can access the help they need when they lose a loved one.

The organisation also facilitates an online community where bereaved people can speak to each other and share their stories, allowing them to find others who are experiencing similar feelings.

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Widowed and Young (WAY)

Widowed and Young (WAY) is the only national charity for people aged 50 and under who’ve lost their partner or spouse. Founded in 1997, the organisation is a peer-to-peer support group that is run by a network of volunteers that were widowed at a young age.

The idea is that people can speak to advisors who know exactly what they are going through. With over 2,400 members, WAY provides emotional and practical support for people, no matter whether they have children or what their sexual orientation is. Its mission is to help people adjust to life after the death of their partner.

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Local bereavement support

You can also see what grief support organisations are local to your area by visiting the government website and searching with your postcode.

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