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Bereavement helplines and advice

Adult bereavement helplines

Use our helplines to find more information and advice on adult bereavement

Cruse Bereavement Care
Day by Day Helpline: 0808 808 1677 (Mon-Fri 9.30am to 5pm)
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.

Hope Again
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 Friends
Helpline: 0345 123 2304
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 & Young
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 Suicide
Helpline: 0300 111 5065
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.

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Coleen Nolan confirms son Jake Roche has broken up with Little Mix's Jesy Nelson: 'It's amicable'


Coleen confirmed that son Jake Roche has broken up with Little Mix's Jesy Nelson, saying, 'It's amicable, and they're both dealing with it really well. They're good friends.'

'With Jake and Jesy when they first got engaged, instantly all the press – everyone was asking me: "When’s the wedding?” There’s so much pressure on relationships,’ Coleen added.

Jesy and Jake first started dating in 2014 and got engaged after Rixton singer Jake popped the question during a Little Mix rehearsal in July 2015.

Meanwhile, Coleen's sister Maureen opened up on the show about her marriage break-up after more than two decades years together.

'I kind of feel like my own counsellor,' she admitted. 'I cry and scream in the car when I'm driving.'

And she told us: 'It's a pain in the bottom to start again. I can't face thinking about dating, I'd rather die.'

Should Christmas Day custody always be split equally?

This Christmas Simon Cowell will be spending the big day with his son Eric and girlfriend Lauren Silverman. Lauren's 10-year-old son Adam from a previous relationship will also be spending the day with the family.

But how easy is it to decide where the kids go on Christmas Day if you've split with your partner? Should you and your ex always take turns?

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Good Morning Britain's Susanna Reid: 'Piers Morgan is the one you want to wake up to in the morning!'


They're famous for their on screen bickering and banter. But Susanna Reid joined us and revealed she's close to her Good Morning Britain co-host Piers Morgan and admits he's the perfect breakfast TV host, saying, ''He's the one you want to wake up to in the morning'.

'He's brilliant,' she added. 'Anyone who knows him behind the scenes knows he's a good person, he's a good friend. I think we're very balanced.'

Susanna took a marker pen to a picture of Piers in the green room before the show which eagle-eyed Piers noticed, tweeting: 'It's a crime to deface a national treasure.'

Susanna also talked about GMB's 1 Million Minutes campaign which encourages viewers to pledge their time to volunteer for a lonely older person this Christmas.

As part of the campaign, Susanna was transformed into a pensioner with the help of prosthetics, added wrinkles and a grey wig.

'I still feel in my twenties and, of course, when I looked in the mirror made up as an 85-year-old I thought to myself "but I don't feel any older", and then I thought 'but of course I won't feel any older',' she told us.

'When I'm 85 I will still feel exactly the same as I do now so we mustn't think of people as older people, they are just people, they are members of our family, they're who we are going to be.'

Gok Wan's Christmas fashion advice for the Loose Women: 'Get your underwear right!'


Gok - who is supporting Small business Saturday which supports your local shops - was on hand to give us some festive fashion advice.

'If there's a great dress you really love and you've worn it last year and the year before it doesn't matter, maybe change your accessories and shoes,' Gok said. 'It depends who you feel in that frock.'

And on wearing your favourite dress many times, Gok saying, 'If you feel great in it, you feel great.'

And Gok's fashion tips for the party season?

- Get your underwear right
- Wear a dress that you absolutely want to wear
- Make sure it fits your body shape
- Make sure you're dressing for yourself and not anybody else
- Make sure you have several drinks.

Cheers Gok!

Strictly Come Dancing's Ed Balls teaches the Loose Women to dance: 'I didn't realised I had an inner Beyoncé'


He's left the Strictly dancefloor behind but Ed Balls gave us a twirl when he appeared on the show. Ed, who'll be joining the Strictly tour next year, talked about finding his 'inner Beyonce', returning to politics and losing nearly a stone and a half in weight.

On his professional partner Katja Jones...
'Every now and then, she would say "You've got to work harder", and I would say, "You really wanted Danny Mac, didn't you?"'

On finding his inner diva...
'I don't think I realised I had an inner Beyoncé.'

On being a sex symbol...
'I don't think I've taken that on board. I've taken the snakehips home.'

On returning to politics...
'I'm not sure if I wanted to be an MP again I would've spent last weekend doing Zoolander stuff. I think reality TV and entertainment is a great thing and I'd like to do more of it.'

Loose Women dance with Ed Balls

Gregg Wallace talks about being sexually abused as a child: 'You feel guilty. But you have to speak up'


In an emotional conversation, Gregg talked about being sexually assaulted as a child. He had written about being abused as an eight-year-old child in his autobiography Life on a Plate which was published in 2012.

Talking about the footballers who are coming forward to reveal they had been sexually abused by coaches when they were children, brave Gregg talked about his own feelings.

'I imagine my experience is typical. You feel guilty, you feel like you’re playing some part in it – sorry I’m getting a bit emotional – and of course you haven’t,' he said.

Explaining why he chose to speak out about his abuse, Gregg added: 'I wanted people to know because it happens because it’s people that you like and that you're close to - it's not someone standing in a mac in an alleyway.

'It's someone whose appearance to the rest of the world is that of a decent person. It’s an awful thing.'

Asked what advice he has for any survivors of childhood abuse, Gregg said, 'You have to speak up, you're not in trouble, you haven’t done anything wrong. You're a child, you don’t know what's happening. You're just a part of this – it's being done to you.'

Janet, Ruth, June and Ayda all praised Gregg for his bravery.

If you or someone you know would like to talk about historical sexual abuse, we have helplines here.

Andrea McLean reveals she suffers from social anxiety: 'I get panicky and my heart starts going'


After Robbie Williams discussed having social anxiety over the summer, Andrea explained she

'I have a very anxious personality and I've found it's got worse and worse the older that I get', she said.

'I am like Robbie, I will cancel - sorry to my friends - I'm a nightmare and will cancel on friends an hour before,' Andrea said. 'I get myself worked up. I get eczema here, a little break out [on my cheek]. I get panicky, my heart starts going, I have sweaty palms just thinking about it. I'm rubbish at Christmas dos. The only time I'm comfortable is when people come round to my house.'

'I need a get out clause. Quite often I will drive. I never say goodbye, I slope away and go home, I can escape,' Andrea added.

To find out more about anxiety, you can visit our Lighten The Load campaign here