Grief, loss and bereavement helplines

Use these helplines to find more information and advice on bereavement.

National Bereavement Partnership – Covid-19 HubHelpline:  0800 448 0800SMS Helpline:  07860 022 

We are in unprecedented times and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a worrying and anxious time for many people. This is particularly true, for those whose loved ones have died or are ill in hospital or other care settings and for key workers and NHS staff who continue to work and provide essential services.  Our purpose is to provide a helpline for all individuals seeking information, advice and support. 

Cruse Bereavement CareDay by Day Helpline:  0808 808 1677 How to help someone bereaved 

Cruse Bereavement Care exists to promote the well-being of bereaved people and to enable anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. The organisation provides counselling and support and offers information, advice, education and training services.

Cruse ScotlandHelpline:  0845 600,uk 

Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland (CBCS) exists to promote the well-being of bereaved people in Scotland. We seek to help anyone experiencing bereavement to understand their grief and cope with their loss. We work primarily through volunteers, providing free care to bereaved people. We also train and educate individuals and organisations who may in turn be able to contribute to the well-being of bereaved people.


Hope Again is Cruse Bereavement Care's website for young people.  Cruse is a national charity that provides support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone close to them dies.  We also work to enhance society’s care of bereaved people.

The Compassionate FriendsHelpline: 0345 123

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.

WAY - Widowed & 

WAY offers support and friendship to young bereaved people, whatever their circumstances, however long ago their partner died. We help men and women up to the age of 50, parents and those without children.

SOBS - Survivors of Bereavement by SuicideHelpline:  0300 111 

SOBS exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend, aiming to provide a safe, confidential environment in which bereaved people can share their experiences and feelings, so giving and gaining support from each other.

Support After Suicide

We have developed this website to offer a network of support to our visitors. You are not alone. We work with over 100 organisations from across the UK to help you find support near to you. To find local support, you can use our interactive map page or you can download a list of support in your region. You can also find lots of information and support in one of the support guides.

Support after Murder and ManslaughterHelpline: 0121 472 2912 or 0845 872 

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.

Brake – The Road Safety CharityVictim Helpline: 0808 0000

Our work for road crash victims includes a helpline, acclaimed support literature, and a pilot face to face support project., as well as public awareness.  We particularly prioritise services for families and children.

RoadPeace Helpline: 0845 4500 355 9am-9pm

National charity for bereaved and injured road traffic victims, which provides information and support through its helpline, literature, local groups, and contact with people who have suffered a similar experience. 

The Good Grief 

The Good Grief Trust exists to help all those suffering grief in the UK. We aim to find the bereaved, acknowledge their grief and provide reassurance, a virtual hand of friendship and ongoing support.  Run by the bereaved, for the bereaved, we aim to bring bereavement into the 21st Century and offer a fresh new insight into the way grief is managed in our country.

Child Bereavement

Grief EncounterTel: 0808 802 

When a child’s parent or significant loved one dies, their lives change forever.  As well as the sadness they feel, they are often left confused and full of fear and anxiety. Grief Encounter helps families address difficult issues such as death and we help make sense of the hurt and confusion. Above all, we aim to help them find ways out of the abyss of grief.

Winston's Wish Helpline: 08088 020

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.

Young MindsParent’s Helpline: 0808 802 5544Grief & Loss

Are you worried about how bereavement is affecting your child?  Young Minds is here to help and support you.  We've put together information about bereavement, especially for parents and carers, with lots of links to organisations who can help. We're also here to listen. If you want to talk to someone in confidence about your worries, call the Parent’s Helpline.


Hope Again is Cruse Bereavement Care's website for young people.  Cruse is a national charity that provides support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone close to them dies.  We also work to enhance society’s care of bereaved people.

Child Bereavement UKSupport & Information: 0800 02 888

Our vision is that when a child dies or is bereaved, all grieving children, young people and families have access to quality support and information relevant to their individual needs from appropriately trained professionals and to make a real difference to bereaved families through providing accessible quality support and information to all affected by the death of a child or when children are bereaved, and accessible quality training for the professionals who work with these families and children.