What to do when someone dies

Getting support when someone dies

There are many organisations that can support you when someone dies.
Also, see our coronavirus hub for bereavement support during coronavirus.

General bereavement support

NHS offer guidance and support on identifying and coping with bereavement.

MIND provides information on bereavement, where to go for support, and suggestions for helping yourself and others through grief.

Cruse Bereavement Care offers telephone, email, face-to-face or group support. They also offer specialist bereavement support, like support for bereaved children and young people, and for people bereaved through suicide, drugs and alcohol, and Coronavirus.

At A Loss signposts people to information and services appropriate to their loss using their search facility. They also offer a live chat bereavement counselling service.

Bereavement Advice Centre offers a free helpline and web-based information services giving practical information, advice and signposting.

National Bereavement Service offers support, signposting and legal guidance following a bereavement.

Several hospices in Essex also offer comfort and support to the bereaved.

Support for children and young people

Childhood Bereavement Network is a members network for those working with bereaved children, young people and their families across the UK.

Grief Encounter supports bereaved children and their families. They have a freephone helpline and online chat.

Help2makesense is a website for young people, sharing advice and real life stories from other young people who have suffered a loss, sharing tips on how they managed. They offer free 24/7 support via email and text, delivered by Winston's Wish.

Losing a baby or child

The Compassionate Friends support families when a child dies. They have a helpline, an online forum, retreats and services especially for bereaved siblings.

Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. They offer email and telephone support, support for couples and support through subsequent pregnancies.

Sands – Stillbirth and neonatal death charity supports anyone affected by the death of a baby before, during or shortly after birth, including parents, grandparents, siblings, children, families, friends and health professionals.

Suicide

MIND provides information on bereavement, where to go for support, and suggestions for helping yourself and others through grief.
The Support After Suicide Partnership offers support for people who have lost a loved one to suicide.

Cancer

Macmillan Cancer Support charity offers support and information to those who have lost someone to cancer.

Heart conditions

British Heart Foundation offers end-of-life and bereavement support to anyone who has lost someone through a heart condition. They also offer specialist resources for children.

Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) offers emotional support to those bereaved through Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS), using volunteers who have suffered a similar experience.

Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Society supports people with grief, loss and bereavement when it involves Alzheimer's disease.

Support for attending inquests

Coroners' Courts Support Service (CCSS) has trained volunteers that give emotional and practical support to bereaved families, friends and witnesses attending an inquest. They can answer your questions and help you find other organisations that can support you after the inquest.

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