As Christmas approaches, it can often be a very difficult time for anyone who has lost a loved one. Grief counsellor Zoe Clark-Coates joins us to share her advice for coping with grief over the festive period.
For information on how to deal with grief and bereavement, use our helplines below:
Cruse Bereavement Care
Day by Day Helpline: 0808 808 1677 www.cruse.org.uk 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.
Hope Again www.hopeagain.org.uk
Hope Again is Cruse BereavementCare'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 www.tcf.org.uk
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 www.widowedandyoung.org.uk
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 www.uk-sobs.org.uk
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 Partnership supportaftersuicide.org.uk
We have developed this website to offer a network of support to our visitors. You're 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 Manslaughter
Helpline: 0121 472 2912 or 0845 872 3440 www.samm.org.uk
If you have lost someone dear to you through murderer manslaughter you are not alone. SAMMS offers a confidential telephone helpline where you can talk to someone who has experienced the devastating effects of this most distressing crime.
Brake – The Road Safety Charity
Victim Helpline: 0808 0000 401 www.brake.org.uk
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 prioritize services for families and children.
Helpline: 0845 4500 355 9am-9pm daily www.roadpeace.org
The 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 Trust www.thegoodgrieftrust.org
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 fresh new insight into the way grief is managed in our country.
Saying Goodbye www.sayinggoodbye.org
Saying Goodbye is the primary division of the Mariposa Trust, which offers support, befriending and national services of remembrance for anyone who has lost a baby at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy, whether the loss be recent or historic.
Tel: 0808 802 0111 www.griefencounter.org.uk
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.
Helpline: 08088 020 021 www.winstonswish.org
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.
Parent’s Helpline: 0808 802 5544 Grief& 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 that can help. We're also here to listen. If you want to talk to someone in confidence about your worries, call the Parent’sHelpline.
Hope Again www.hopeagain.org.uk
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 UK
Support & Information:0800 02 888 40 www.childbereavement.org.uk
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.