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When somebody close to you dies, it can be helpful to get advice and support to help you deal your loss. You can seek practical help from the funeral directors involved, or from your family doctor. If you need more guidance or support, though, there are agencies that can help.

Practical Help

There are lots of people and organisations who can help you get through the weeks, months and years following a death. You can ask for practical help and advice about what happens next and what you need to do from your solicitor, a trusted religious counsellor, or social services.

If health visitors or district nurses worked with the person who died, they may also be able to help. If the person died in a hospital, staff there can sometimes give you practical advice about what to expect.

Support and Comfort from Specialist Organisations

It can help to talk with someone sympathetic, who understands what you're going through. You can check the websites of the organisations and charities listed below for basic information about what they do, and for national contact numbers. Please note that we do not accept any responsibility in relation to these Organisations or Charities.

  • Cruse Bereavement Care works with and supports people who have been bereaved. It focuses on helping them understand their grief, and cope with their loss. Its services are free.

  • 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. Every year we train almost 7000 professionals, helping them to better understand and meet the needs of grieving families.

  • Age Concern is a national charity focused on helping and supporting the elderly. It can offer practical advice on what you need to do when someone close to you dies. It can help you find out how to go about registering a death, arranging a funeral and sorting out financial matters.

  • The Samaritans offer confidential, non-judgemental support through a telephone help line. The line is available 24 hours a day, and is for people who are experiencing severe distress or despair. It can offer help to those with problems so severe they are considering suicide. It also offers support through emails, letters and face-to-face meetings.

Further information on What to do after a death

Useful Numbers

Age Concern

Astral House, 1268 London Road, London, SW16 4ER
Free Helpline: 0800 009966

Antenatal Results & Choices

73 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 4PN
Tel: 0207 631 0280
Email: info@arc-uk.org

Bereavement Counselling Services

Ullswater House, Solihull Hospital, Lode Lane, Solihull, B91 2JL
Telephone: 0121 424 5103

CRUSE

Cruse House, PO Box 800, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1RG
Telephone: 0208 939 9530

Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths

Artillery House, 11-19 Artillery Row, London, SW1P 1RT
Telephone: 020 7233 2090

Lesbian & Gay Bereavement Project

Association of Funeral Directors, 111-117 Lancaster Road, London, W11 1QT
Telephone: 020 7403 5969

Miscarriage Association

C/O Clayton Hospital, Northgate, West Yorkshire, WF1 3JS
Telephone: 01924 200 799
Email: info@miscarriageassociation.org.uk

Samaritans

13 Bow Street, Birmingham, B1 1DW
Telephone: 0121 666 6644

Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society

28 Portland Place, London, W1B 1LY
Telephone: 020 7436 5881
Email: helpline@uk-sands.org

The Compassionate Friends

21 Harrowfield Road, Stechford, Birmingham, B33 9BU
Telephone: 0121 783 1860

The Cot Death Support Group

32 South Street, Harbourne, Birmingham, B17 0DB
Telephone: 0121 427 1304

The Terrence Higgins Trust

Unit G7, The Arch, 48-52 Floodgate Street, Birmingham, B5 5SL
Telephone: 0121 694 6440
Email: info.birmingham@tht.org.uk

Twins & Multiple Births Association

Gardner Road, Guildford, GU1 4PG
Telephone: 0800 138 0509

War Widows Association

C/O 48 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5JY
Telephone: 0845 2412 189

Widwods

C/O 60 Rocks Park, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 2AX
Telephone: 01825 765 084 (Evenings only)