Bereavement abroad helplines
Use our helplines to find more information and advice on bereavement abroad.
Comprehensive information from the UK Government on what to do when someone dies.
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Tel: 020 7008 1500 and ask for the country desk in Consular Directorate.
Information from the FCO on what to do if someone you know dies overseas.
Citizen’s Advice - What to do if someone dies abroad
When someone dies overseas, the stress of bereavement can be made worse by having to deal with an unfamiliar system far from home. However, you can get help from the British authorities. Read this page to find out what to do and what help you can get if someone dies abroad.
Cruse Bereavement Care
Day by Day Helpline: 0808 808 1677
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 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.
Support after Murder and Manslaughter
Helpline: 0121 451 1618 or 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.
Tel: 020 8371 8455
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
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
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.
Child Bereavement UK
Helpline (Freephone): 0800 02 888 40 (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm)
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 more than 9000 professionals, helping them to better understand and meet the needs of grieving families.
The Child Death Helpline
Freephone: 0800 282 986
Additional Freephone number for ALL mobiles: 0808 800 6019
The Child Death Helpline is a helpline for anyone affected by the death of a child of any age, from pre-birth to adult, under any circumstances, however recently or long ago.