Bereavement support - resources
Often when you are bereaved, it can feel like you are on your own, especially as everyone around you starts to get back to their normal lives.
Here are some free to access resources, that may help you navigate through this difficult time.
Resources - click each dropdown for more information
This app has many guided meditations – put in search terms such as ‘grief’, ‘bereavement’, facing death’.
Bereavement support - local
Cruse Cambridge branch
The local branches of Cruse are part of the national charity Cruse Bereavement Care, whose aim is to provide bereavement support to anyone who needs it. This is a direct alternative to what we can offer at Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and may have a shorter waiting list.
Support usually includes a telephone helpline, one-to-one support and support groups (only telephone/online video support is available at the present time due to Covid).
Staffed by experienced bereavement support volunteers, the service is confidential and free. Cruse aims to arrange an initial session of one-to-one support within 7 – 10 days.
If further sessions are required (usually up to 6 sessions are offered) there is a waiting list system. In the meantime, you can contact the telephone helpline whenever you need to.
CRUSE Cambridge branch covers the whole of Cambridgeshire, including Ely, Fenland, Newmarket, Haverhill and Uttlesford.
Details of further local branches below:
An excellent local organisation for those living with cancer, their carers or bereaved family members (based on the Addenbrookes site).
Maggie’s can offer support the same day – which is not a service we can offer at Arthur Rank Hospice Charity.
You can drop in Monday- Friday 9.00am-5.00pm for a cup of tea, meet people who understand what you’re going through or just take a moment to gather your thoughts. Free one-to-one help and information from a professional team.
Bereavement support - national
Provides bereavement support and information, including podcasts, articles and free e-books
Planning for tomorrow – after bereavement.
Losing a loved one is a painful and upsetting time for you and your family. We are here to support you as you come to terms with the changes this brings and look at continuing your life after your caring role.
Confidential support, information and guidance to children, young people and families who have lost a child.
Helpline 0800 02 888 40 (freephone. Monday – Friday, 9.00am – http://0800 02 888 405.00pm)
Email for bereavement support: email@example.com
Live chat (Monday – Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm)
Provides support services for people who have been bereaved. Helpline offering listening support and practical advice related to bereavement, including dealing with an estate, debt and arranging a funeral.
Puts people in touch with local Cruse branches that provide a range of services including individual and group support.
Offers support for people affected by cancer including bereavement.
Sudden is a free, confidential, charity service when someone you love dies because of a sudden medical reason or terminal illness.
At Sudden, your named bereavement case worker supports you and stays in touch and gives advice and gets the help you need.
Sue Ryder’s Online Bereavement Support makes it easy to connect with the right support from your own home.
Whether you’re looking for one-to-one professional support, to talk to others in similar situations, or to read expert information resources, you can access support for free on your computer, tablet or smartphone.
The UK’s leading bereavement network. Our growing central database lists over 800 local, regional and national support services, helplines, videos, advice and guidance under one umbrella.
The Good Grief Trust enables anyone who has been bereaved to find their nearest local support organisation.
Also practical help and tips from people who have been bereaved who tell their own stories.
Way Up is an active self-help group aimed at providing mutual support to those widowed in their 50s and 60s.
It is a group with a positive forward-looking attitude to rebuild our lives and discovering that lives can be good again, that we can be happy once more.
National charity for men and women aged 50 or under when their partner died. Peer-to-peer support group run by a network of volunteers who have been bereaved at a young age themselves, so they understand exactly what other members are going through.
More than 1,500 members across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Bereavement Resources for Young People
Ormiston Stars Children’s Bereavement Support Service
Specialist pre and post bereavement counselling for children and young people aged 0-25, living in Cambridgeshire. Also provides support for families and professionals.
Provides free counselling to young people aged 13 to 25 years in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. There is also support for young carers aged 8-18
Support for bereaved children and young people.
Help 2 Make Sense is an online tool brought to you by Winston’s Wish, a charity supporting bereaved children and young people. It aims to help young people who have experienced the death of a loved one come to terms with their loss.
We know how beneficial it can be to learn that you are not alone. That you are not the only young person going through this. That’s why we want to share the stories of young people we’ve supported, and how they have coped with their grief.
You’ll also find advice and tips on coping with your grief, resources and reading lists to help you come to terms with the death of someone close to you.
When you lose someone close to you, it’s natural to feel sad, depressed, worried or angry. Everyone reacts in their own way. If you’re finding it hard to cope, we can help you find support. This website includes short videos and links to other services.
Hope Again is the youth website of Cruse Bereavement Care. It is a safe place where you can learn from other young people, how to cope with grief, and feel less alone.
Here you will find information about our services, a listening ear from other young people and advice for any young person dealing with the loss of a loved one.
Let’s Talk About Loss
Supports 18-35 year olds who have been bereaved of anyone, at any time.
They run monthly, peer-led meet ups all over the country and there is one online too, so wherever you are, you can access support. They talk about grief in a relaxed, fun and safe space with others of the same age who ‘get it’.
www.letstalkaboutloss.org or follow @talkaboutloss on social media.
Being bereaved at this age is difficult to say the least. We hope to give you some information about what grief may look and feel like for you and some of the natural responses after a bereavement.
We will be there for you when you feel you would like our support. Here are some of the ways in which we can support you through these overwhelming and challenging times:
- Grieftalk Helpline
- One to one counselling
- Group counselling
- Therapeutic Workshops
- Fun Days Out
- FREE Resources (Workbooks, Grief kits)
We know that it can be scary to engage in this process, but we want you to know that you do not have to do this alone. Grief Encounter are a click or phone call away, where we hope to support you through these overwhelming experiences. If you would like to read some of the natural responses to grief, take a look at our grief guide or give us a call/email.
Young Minds Crisis Messenger
The Young Minds Crisis Messenger text service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text YM to 85258.
We know that finding the right support is important, especially if you need someone to talk to right now. We aim to connect every texter to a trained volunteer promptly to provide crisis help. They will listen to you and help you think more clearly, enabling you to know that you can take the next step to feeling better.