Use our helplines to find more information and advice on bereavement
Support after Murder and Manslaughter
Helpline: 0845 872 3440
If you have lost someone dear to you through murder or manslaughter you are not alone. SAMMS offers a confidential telephone help line where you can talk to someone who has experienced the devastating effects of this most distressing crime.
Cruse Bereavement Care Helpline
Day by Day Helpline: 0808 808 1677
Young Person's freephone helpline: 0808 808 1677
Cruse Bereavement Care is here to support you after the death of someone close. If someone you know has died and you need to talk, call us on 0844 477 9400 or send an email. Face-to-face and group support is delivered by trained bereavement support volunteers across the UK.
Tel: 0207 6300 824
Console was established in 2002 by Paul Kelly after he had experienced the grief of losing a loved one by suicide. Through his loss, Paul recognised a need for a dedicated Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Service. Since then Console has developed into a International Organisation supporting people in Suicidal Crisis and those bereaved by suicide through professional counselling, support and helpline services.
Helpline: 1800 201 890
Console was established in 2002 by Paul Kelly after he had experienced the grief of losing a loved one by Suicide. Through his loss, Paul recognised a need for a dedicated Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Service n Ireland. Since then Console has developed into a National Organisation supporting people in Suicidal Crisis and those Bereaved by Suicide through Professional Counselling, Support and Helpline Services.
Helpline: 08452 03 04 05 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)
Winston’s Wish supports children and young people to rebuild their life after a family bereavement, the Winston's Wish family line offers practical support and guidance to anyone concerned about a grieving child.
The Compassionate Friends
Helpline: 0845 123 2304 10am to 4pm, 6.30pm to 10.30pm, seven days
The Compassionate Friends provide one-to-one support, local support groups and produce a range of publications for parents, children, grandparents and professionals, as well as a website specifically for people dealing with the death of a brother or sister.
Victim Support Helpline
Helpline:0845 30 30 900 Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm, Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 7pm
Offers free and confidential help to victims of crime, their family, friends and anyone else affected, giving information, emotional support and practical help.
Every Action Has Consequences
The aims of our Charity are to help inform young people about the futility of violence in our streets. We want young people to stand up and say 'We don't accept it as normal on a night out to see fights and people so drunk they don't know what they are doing or who they are hurting.' There have been too many young people killed in our streets in recent years and mostly it is all about nothing. We are producing an education pack which will be available to people who work with teenagers.
ARC (Antenatal Results & Choices)
Helpline: 0845 077 2290 (M-F 10-.530)
ARC is the only national charity which provides non-directive support and information to parents throughout the antenatal testing process. Our role is to help parents arrive at the most appropriate decision for them in the context of their individual family circumstances and to ensure that they are enabled to make decisions they are best able to live with.
Bereavement Through Addiction
Helpline: 07584 411 314
Bristol based support for anyone who has lost a loved family member or friend through addiction.
Care Not Killing
Care Not Killing is a UK-based alliance of individuals and organisations which brings together human rights groups, healthcare groups, palliative care groups and faith-based organisations with the aims of promoting more and better palliative care. Ensuring that existing laws against euthanasia and assisted suicide are not weakened or repealed during the lifetime of the current Parliament. Influencing the balance of public opinion further against any weakening of the law.
Dignity in Dying
Dignity in Dying is the leading campaigning organisation promoting patient choice at the end of life.
Helpline: 020 8371 8455
Our vision at the Grief Encounter Project is that every bereaved child and their family in the UK get the best possible help, support, recognition and understanding following their loss. Our mission is to raise understanding about issues for bereaved children and promote the value of bereavement support.
DEBBIE MCGEE OPENS UP ABOUT HER FAMILY FEUD
After a fall out over Paul Daniel's will, Debbie McGee appeared on the show to talk about the family feud with her stepson Paul Jnr. 'It's been seven months since Paul died and it's been really horrible,' she said.
'His father said he wouldn't give Paul Jnr cash as he did like the pub and it would go on beer,' Debbie revealed.
'Paul Jr has said I've cut him out; that I've closed his shop and left him destitute, but it was losing thousands of pounds annually. Probate can take up to a couple of years, so all the money and the savings, are all frozen at the moment.'
Debbie, who was joined by Paul's supportive son Gary, said: 'I wanted to give my side of the story and to stop it now as it's not fair on the family.
'He's been a problem child,' she added. 'I'm close to the others, there is no hatred there, but he has never been friendly to me. He's not even loving to his own mother. But my husband was wonderful and this was his son.'
'He's sent me threatening messages but he's still my late husband's son. I couldn't hate him. I couldn't do that to his dad.
'I felt like I had turned a corner after six months with my grief. But Paul Jr believes what he believes. It's held me back.'
Paul Jnr was given the right of reply and said:
'I've done various jobs in my life and haven't ever had to ask Dad for help, and whilst there were times when we didn't speak, I'm sure there are other families which are the same.'
'I had no idea about the will and no expectation of £1 million - all I wanted was the redundancy owed, which has now been sorted. But if Debbie had responded to phone calls, texts and emails in the first place, I wouldn't have got so angry.'
'I'm willing to bury the hatchet as long as she's honest with me in the future, I don't want to tear my family apart.'
Have you recently been wondering, 'Whatever happened to Ulrika Jonsson - remember her from TV-am, Gladiators and Shooting Stars?'
Well, wonder no more.
Ulrika joined us for a chat and here's what we found out...
She's been out of the public eye for quite a while
'It was a little bit my own choice wanting to take more of a back seat. And also finding I wasn't getting offered the work that I would want to do. It wasn't entirely self-imposed.'
Ulrika has had a chance to look back at her life
'I'm very settled and you begin to reflect a little bit on things that have gone on before. And you're bringing up children, to me at a very crucial time. It's when they are becoming monster teenagers.'
Her personal life took over from her professional life
'I was moving so fast I didn't have time to stop and reflect. I think I can safely say that the time when my career was at it's highest was probably when I was at my least settled, least happy.'
Ulrika's husband Brian is American and had lived in Sweden so had no idea who she was when they met!
'It was a black canvass for him. he's catching up now, furiously. He didn't know anything about the celebrity world. He wants me to be happy, whatever that is.'
Her kids aren't so little anymore
'My oldest is 22, Cameron, graduated with a first class degree in film and television production. Bo is going to be 16 very soon, Martha's 12 and Malcolm is eight. Little Malcolm doesn't remember me ever being famous. He didn't know I had been a TV presenter.'
Now 49, ageing bothers her
'I think about it. Anyone who says they don't think about ageing are either lying or 21. You can pretend. I've become more aware of ageing in my lovely menopausal glory. I'm not enjoying that bit so much, but I'm accepting wholly.'
Talent judge, fashion designer, singer and mum - here are 9 new things we learned about the gorgeous Alesha Dixon...
She's a fan of Loose Women
'I love this show'
She's got a Strictly favourite
'Laura Whitmore is a really good friend of mine so I'm rooting for her. And I love Ed [Balls] - he makes me belly laugh. He brings the fun.'
Alesha is furious with X Factor's Louis
'I was so annoyed with Louis [Walsh] - if I had my way, Four Of Diamonds would have been from day one. They are fantastic. I wouldn't have put through those two guys [Bratavio], dumb and dumber! I can't remember their names. Four Of Diamonds blew me away.'
She's back on the box next year
'I'm doing Britain's Got Talent again. It's hard to judge but I approach it by being as natural as possible and honest as possible. It is possible to strike that balance. You don't have to be mean or personal.'
Alesha - the actress!
'Something like a strong female. The character Margot Robbie plays in Suicide Squad - kooky and quirky. Or Lara Croft, the last time I went to a fancy dress party I went as her.'
She's a fashion designer
'I've just launched my second collection with Little Black Dress - and designed it with my best friend Nicola Atkinson, who I met while I was a contestant on Strictly, she designed all my outfits. I'm a member of the board.'
She's a working mum
'Azura's with me today. It's half term so it's come to work with mummy day. She's a make-up artist in the making. She's very funny. Three-years-old is the best age.'
Alesha's not perfect
'I'm failing at some things I'm doing. Azura puts me on the naughty step. She's very funny. She's my bundle of joy. Even if she's having a tantrum or is being a bit naughty I think, "She's me!" It's my fault!'
There have been a few fashion disasters
'Probably the whole of my Mis-teeq career! I kept those jeans for years thinking one day I'd wear them - and no.'
LISA RILEY ON BEING WEIGHED TO GET ON A PLANE
An American airline winning the right to weigh its passengers to learn how it could save fuel, after discovering the average passenger and carry-on luggage was heavier than expected.
And Lisa shared her own experience of being weighed to board a light aircraft to fly over Everest in Kathmandu.
'Surprise, surprise it did happen to me!' Lisa said as a photograph of her on the scales at the airport was shown on the screen. 'It's shocking really. Being weighed in front of everyone to get on the plane. I'm covering up the digits because of embarrassment.
'It was in Kathmandu. There were people behind and I didn't want anyone to see - I'm mortified about the scales anyway.'
'They were weighing us for balance. Of course, I was the biggest person and it felt dreadful. I don't want to ever have that feeling again. It's embarrassing.'
BEVERLEY CALLARD TALKED CANDIDLY ABOUT HER EXPERIENCE OF DEPRESSION
Coronation Street actress Beverley Callard has spoken openly about her experiences of depression to encourage people with mental health issue to start a conversation and help those who want to support loved ones.
'I think it’s important you talk about [having depression],’ Beverley said. ‘But I think it’s really difficult for the person you are talking to about it.’
'Some people back off because they're afraid of it,' Beverley said. 'Most friends were fantastic. Certainly this one [Coleen Nolan] was fantastic. But a couple of really good friends totally backed away. I think because she maybe had symptoms and she was worried that the same thing might happen to her.'
As for people in the TV industry being supportive, Beverley said. ‘Most people were yeah. Of course there’s always a couple who are negative. I’ve mentioned it before - One person in our industry said “Well, you know, you’re probably not gonna work again. Because you’ve had clinical depression you might be flaky and unreliable".'
‘And of course, you’re not. I think depression is the curse of the strong in a way,' Beverley said. 'You’re anything but flaky and unreliable. Sometimes your mind just works against you, like your appendix or tonsils or whatever.'
For information on Loose Women's Lighten The Load campaign and mental health helplines click here.
LISA RILEY'S LIE DETECTOR TEST RESULTS
Since losing an incredible 9 stone, Lisa has been hounded by people accusing her of having gastric surgery to aid her weight loss.
Determined to prove she lost weight naturally through healthy eating and exercise, Lisa took a lie detector test.
‘When I came on this show first time and the big weight loss was revealed, 93 per cent of people are supportive,' Lisa said.
'Basically, what’s happened is the other few percent are calling me a liar. One thing I’m not is a liar. What I’ve done is such a good achievement.'
'People who have had gastric bands… brilliant, good on you. I did this my way. All I want to do is help other women and men.'
Lisa, who has given up alcohol as part of her healthy eating, said, 'Fad diets didn’t work remotely for me. Rome wasn’t built in a day. I’ve done this slowly. I’ve been patient.'
'There’s no feeling like it when I put on a dress for this show and it’s a smaller size. I think as women we should look out for each other. I don’t understand in this country when someone has done something really good, they start throwing darts.'
Lisa answered four questions: Since January have she taken diet pills? Has she had liposuction? Has she had a gastric band? Has she had bariatric surgery?
And Lisa passed the test. She said, ‘Amazing. Such a sense of relief. Once and for all I draw a line under this. I haven’t lied and there is the proof.’
JOHN MIDDLETON ON EMMERDALE'S MOST DRAMATIC WEEK EVER
Emmerdale - officially the best British soap - and most dramatic scene ever aired in a multiple car crash which will see much-loved characters dead and injured!
'Basically I'm saying Emmerdale is seven times better than Star Wars,' John says. 'This is definitely the biggest week I've been involved in - it's massive, there are so many different incidents. It's about the most cinematic thing you'll ever have seen in soap.'
Did you know...
John's first role on Emmerdale was actually playing PC John Jarvis at the time of the Post Office raid in 1994.
He got his dog collar and landed the role of Vicar Ashley Thomas in December 1996.
Before stepping a foot in the dales, John walked down the cobbles - twice! In 1993, he appeared in Coronation Street as John Hargreaves, the man who killed Lisa Duckworth in an accident. A year later John played a hospital consultant in Corrie too.