Support for you: Bereavement
For most of us, the death of a loved one will be the most distressing experience we will ever face, leading to a period of bereavement, grief and loss. Grief is what we feel when somebody we are close to dies. If you have lost someone close to you these feelings may be affecting your life and there are things you can try that may help you. Listed below are some organisations and helplines that you can turn to for help and support.
Where to get help
Speaking to your GP can sometimes be helpful if you are finding that your distress is overwhelming. Alternatively, your GP may suggest speaking to a counsellor as a way of helping you to adjust to what has happened.
In addition, there is lots of online help available about coping with bereavement and grief. Here are some websites and helplines you might like to try for specialist support.
Cruse Lancashire - Cruse offers face-to-face, telephone, email and website support. They have a Freephone national helpline and local services, and a website (hopeagain.org.uk) specifically for children and young people. Cruses services are provided by a network of 5,000 trained volunteers and are confidential and free.
Telephone: 01772 433645
Cruse Bereavement Care - In addition, Cruse Bereavement Care has a Freephone National Helpline staffed by trained bereavement volunteers who offer emotional support to anyone affected by bereavement.
Telephone: 0808 808 1677
Child Bereavement UK - Child Bereavement UK provide support and information for people who have lost a baby, child or young person, they provide support to families, parents and carers and professionals by telephone and digital means.
The Helpline team can be contacted for confidential support, information and guidance to families and professionals. The team is available to take calls and respond to emails and Live Chat from 9am to 5pm from Monday to Friday (expect Bank Holidays)
Telephone: 0800 028 8840
Child Death Helpline - Contact the helpline for help and support if you are affected by the death of a child.
Telephone: 0800 282 986
Wintons Wish - Offers practical support and help to bereaved children and their families following a loss.
Telephone: 08088 020 021