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Bereavement abroad helplines

Gov UK

Coping with death 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.

Register a death

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


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 


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.

Grief Encounter

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.

Winston's Wish

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.

Young Minds

Parent’s Helpline: 0808 802 5544

Child bereavement

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 Charity

Bereavement Services Helpline: 0800 02 888 40


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.

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