Bereavement & Trauma

UPDATED: 30.04.2020
In this section you can find support for the following:
Bereaved adults & parents
Bereaved children & young people
Specialist organisations
End of life


Cruse Bereavement Care
Cruse provide advice and support to anyone who has been bereaved, no matter how recently or long ago a loved one died. 
Helpline: 0808 808 1677 (lines open Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5pm and until 8pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) 

The Compassionate Friends
Support from an organisation formed of bereaved parents and their families; offering understanding and encouragement to others following the death of a child or children. 
Helpline: 0345 123 2304 (lines open 10am-4pm, 7pm-10pm)
Northern Ireland: 0288 7788 016 (lines open 10am - 4pm, 7pm – 9.30pm)

The Child Death Helpline
Supporting anyone affected by the death of a child regardless of when the bereavement took place. 
Helpline: 0800 282 986 free for landlines, 0808 800 6019 free for mobiles (lines open every evening 7 - 10pm, or Monday – Friday 10am – 1pm, Tuesday and Wednesday’s 1 – 4pm) 

Child Bereavement UK
Supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying.
Helpline: 0800 02 888 40 (lines open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm)

Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society - SANDS
SANDS support bereaved parents and families if a baby dies before, during or after childbirth. 
Helpline: 0808 164 3332 (lines open Monday – Friday 9.30am - 5.30pm, Tuesday and Thursday 9.30am – 9.30pm

The Lullaby Trust (formerly the FSID)
Offering support to bereaved parents if a baby dies suddenly and unexpectedly.
Helpline: 0808 802 6868 (
lines open Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm, Tuesday & Thursday evenings 7pm – 9pm, weekends and Bank Holidays 6 – 10pm)

Twins Trust Bereavement Support Group
Twins Trust BSG support parents who have lost a baby or babies during a multiple pregnancy or at any stage after birth.
Twinline: 0800 138 0509 (lines open 10am - 1pm, 7pm - 10pm)

Sue Ryder’s Online Bereavement
Online support services accessed from home.  Services include one-to-one professional support, sharing with others in similar situations, as well as information resources.



Grief Encounter
Providing support to children and young people following the death of a parent, sibling or loved one; offering one-to-one counselling, grief groups, residential camps, and grief relief kits.
Helpline: 0808 802 0111 (lines open Monday - Friday 9am-9pm)

Winston's Wish
A bereavement charity for children and young people following the loss of a parent or sibling; offering support and guidance to anyone concerned about a grieving child. 
Helpline: 0808 802 0021 (lines open Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm) 

Compassionate Friends siblings
Providing support to anyone trying to cope with the death of a sibling. 

Child Bereavement UK
Offering support to anyone aged 11 -25 who has been recently bereaved or informed that someone close is seriously ill.
Helpline: 0800 02 888 40 (lines open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm)


Supporting The Military Family
Part of Cruse Bereavement and specialising in support for anyone who has lost a loved one in the Armed Forces.
Helpline: 0808 808 1677 (
lines open Monday - Friday 9.30am - 5pm, and until 8pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)

Road Peace
Providing support to anyone who has suffered injury or a bereavement following a road accident; also offering advice on rights and referrals to lawyers. 
Helpline: 0845 4500 355 (lines open Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm) 

Support and Care After Road Death and Injury - SCARD
Providing support to anyone who has suffered injury or a bereavement following a road accident. 
Helpline: 0345 123 5542 (lines open 9am - 9pm)

Providing support to anyone who has suffered injury or a bereavement following a road accident. 
Helpline: 0808 8000 401 (lines open Monday – Friday 10am- 4pm)

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide - SOBS
SOBS offer support and to anyone bereaved by suicide. 
Helpline: 0300 111 5065 (lines open 9am - 9pm) 

Support after Murder and Manslaughter - SAMM
SAMM are a self-help group who offer support to families and friends who have been bereaved as a result of murder or manslaughter.

Murdered Abroad
Support to families and friends in the UK who’s loved ones are the victims of murder or manslaughter abroad. 

WAY – Widowed & Young
A self-help support network for anyone widowed when young.
Government information about death and bereavement, including probate, funeral and financial information. 

The Natural Death Centre
Independent funeral advice and support.


Dying Matters
Support information for anyone approaching the end of their life, as well as relatives, friends and carers.

Hospice UK
For hospice and palliative care services, assisting patients, families and carers with information about services and resources available.

Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief
Helping people in Scotland to support each other through end of life and bereavement.

Final Fling
Support to enable people to be in control of their end of life decisions.

Together For Short Lives
Supporting children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions and their families.
Helpline: 0808 8088 100 (lines open Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm)


ASSIST Trauma Care
Supporting individuals and families affected by traumatic stress and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

Victim Support
Providing support and information for anyone who has been affected by a crime, regardless of whether or not it is reported to the police. 
Helpline: 0808 1689 111 (lines open 24 hour)