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    Arranging a funeral can be an unfamiliar and difficult experience.

    That's why we provide more than a comparison and review site. Read our guides, free magazine Day by Day, and take a look at the links to professional and charitable support organisations.
    At About the Funeral we care very much about the support
    you may need and hope we are able to help you in some
    small way at a time when you need it most.

    Kim Bird, Founder
    The following charities and organisations can offer bereavement support and advice following the loss of a loved one. To find out more about the charities and who runs them visit the Charity Commission (England and Wales) and Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.
    AAFDA

    Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse specialises in helping families after fatal domestic abuse by listening, informing, guiding, advocating and enabling.

    Visit website 07768 386922
    Age Scotland

    Age Scotland provides a range of support to the older, bereaved person from befriending services to the provision of practical advice and financial support.

    Visit website 0800 4 70 80 90
    Age UK

    Age UK provides a range of support to the older, bereaved person from befriending services by phone or face to face, to the provision of practical advice and financial support.

    Visit website 0800 169 6565
    Army Widows’ Association

    Army Widows’ Association offers comfort, support and friendship to the widows and widowers of service men and women, and helps them to resolve some of the difficulties they may face after the death of their spouse.

    Visit website 0300 666 0136
    ASSIST

    Assistance Support and Self Help In Surviving Trauma (ASSIST Trauma Care) offers therapy to individuals and families, adults and children, who have been affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), including bereavement.

    Visit website 01788 560800
    BACP

    The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy can provide a list of qualified counsellors and psychotherapists in your local area.

    Visit website 01455 883300
    Bereavement Advice Centre

    The Bereavement Advice Centre provides practical advice on what to do following the death of a loved one.

    Visit website 0800 634 9494
    BRAKE

    Brake campaigns for road safety legislation and enforcement, and provides emotional support and practical advice and advocacy to the victims of bereavement and injury.

    Visit website 01484 559909
    Care for the Family

    Care for the Family helps families that have experienced untimely bereavement or are suffering other life changing events through a network of befrienders, events and resources.

    Visit website 029 2081 0800
    Counselling Directory

    Helping individuals find a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist in their local area. All counsellors listed have provided of qualifications and insurance cover or proof of membership with a professional body.  (Calls cost 7p/min and access charge).

    Visit website 0844 8030 240
    Cruse Bereavement Care

    Cruse offers a free telephone helpline and national face to face support following a beravement. Cruse also provides support and an interactive messageboard for young people at it’s sister site www.hopeagain.org.uk

    Visit website 0844 477 9400
    CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young

    CRY offers help, support and counselling to families where there has been a sudden cardiac death of an apparently fit and healthy young person (aged 35 or under). This support is given through a network of trained people who have also suffered such a loss.

    Visit website 01737 363 222
    Department for Work and Pensions

    By phoning the DWP Bereavement Service, you can complete a benefits check of what you may be eligible for and, if appropriate, the DWP can take a claim for bereavement benefits or a Funeral Payment over the phone.

    Visit website 0845 606 0265
    INQUEST

    Inquest provides an independent, free legal and advice service to bereaved people on inquest procedures and their rights in the Coroner’s Court and the Civil Courts.

    Visit website 020 7263 1111
    Late Spring

    Late Spring is a network of facilitated, self-help support groups for people aged 60+, who have been recently bereaved.  Late Spring groups support people as they manage the difficult transition into living life without their partner. Late Spring is an Age UK Oxfordshire initiative, currently only available in Oxfordshire, but a toolkit is being developed to enable Late Spring groups to be replicated anywhere across the UK. 

    Visit website 07827 235461
    Macmillan

    Macmillan can help you cope with your grief following the loss of someone close through cancer.

    Visit website 0808 808 0000
    Muchloved

    Muchloved is the online memorial charity, enabling all those affected by loss to come together, share memories and support one another through creating free online tributes to their loved ones.

    Visit website 01494 722818
    Roadpeace

    Roadpeace is dedicated to the support of bereaved and injured roadcrash victims through a national helpline, casework service, and running local groups and events.

    Visit website 0845 4500 355
    Samaritans

    Samaritans provide a round the clock listening service to anyone who needs them

    Visit website 08457 90 90 90 (UK); 1850 60 90 90 (ROI)
    SAMM

    Support After Murder & Manslaughter is a charity offering support to those bereaved through murder or manslaughter. All their volunteers have been similarly bereaved.

    Visit website 0121 451 1618
    Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

    Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (formerly SOBS) is a self-help group offering support, advice and guidance through a confidential helpline, email, group meetings at various locations, conferences and residential events.

    Visit website 0115 944 1117 (National helpline 9am-9pm daily)
    The Bereavement Trust

    The Bereavement Trust offers bereavement support in the evening through its multilingual national freephone helpline, 365 days a year, between the hours of 6pm – 10pm.

    Visit website 0800 435 455
    The Compassionate Friends

    The Compassionate Friends is run by the bereaved and dedicated to the support and care of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents who have suffered the death of a child. It offers a helpline, online services and local befrienders to the bereaved.

    Visit website 0345 123 2304
    The Lullaby Trust

    The Lullaby Trust offers a helpline and a network of trained befrienders to those who have experienced the sudden or unexpected loss of a baby. The Care of Next Infant scheme supports bereaved families when they have another baby.

    Visit website 020 7802 3200
    Widowed Young Support

    Care for the Family’s ‘Widowed Young Support’ initiative offers hope and support to those who have lost a partner at a young age.

    Visit website 029 2081 0800
    Army Widows’ Association

    Army Widows’ Association offers comfort, support and friendship to the widows and widowers of service men and women, and helps them to resolve some of the difficulties they may face after the death of their spouse.

    Visit website 0300 666 0136
    Counselling Directory

    Helping individuals find a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist in their local area. All counsellors listed have provided of qualifications and insurance cover or proof of membership with a professional body.  (Calls cost 7p/min and access charge).

    Visit website 0844 8030 240
    The Compassionate Friends

    The Compassionate Friends is run by the bereaved and dedicated to the support and care of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents who have suffered the death of a child. It offers a helpline, online services and local befrienders to the bereaved.

    Visit website 0345 123 2304
    WAY Widowed & Young

    WAY supports young widowed men and women through social groups and mutual support, across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, as they adjust to life without their partners.

    Visit website
    Widowed Young Support

    Care for the Family’s ‘Widowed Young Support’ initiative offers hope and support to those who have lost a partner at a young age.

    Visit website 029 2081 0800
    2 Wish Upon A Star

    2 Wish Upon A Star works with the staff of emergency and critical units in hospitals in and across Wales to offer immediate support to families following the loss of their child. Home visits, telephone and email support are available. More formal support can be offered by the charity by way of 6-8 weeks of one to one sessions with a qualified counsellor.

    Visit website 01443 853125
    Age Scotland

    Age Scotland provides a range of support to the older, bereaved person from befriending services to the provision of practical advice and financial support.

    Visit website 0800 4 70 80 90
    Age UK

    Age UK provides a range of support to the older, bereaved person from befriending services by phone or face to face, to the provision of practical advice and financial support.

    Visit website 0800 169 6565
    Bereaved Parent Support

    Care for the Family’s ‘Bereaved Parent Support’ offers comfort and hope through peer support to any parent who has lost a son or daughter of any age, in any circumstance and at any stage in their journey of grieving.

    Visit website 029 2081 0800
    Care for the Family

    Care for the Family helps families that have experienced untimely bereavement or are suffering other life changing events through a network of befrienders, events and resources.

    Visit website 029 2081 0800
    Child Death Helpline

    Child Death Helpline offers a safe environment within which a caller can talk openly about the death of a child of any age. The helpline is staffed by bereaved parents who are supervised and supported by professional teams within Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust, and the Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

    Visit website 0800 282 986
    Counselling Directory

    Helping individuals find a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist in their local area. All counsellors listed have provided of qualifications and insurance cover or proof of membership with a professional body.  (Calls cost 7p/min and access charge).

    Visit website 0844 8030 240
    Grief Encounter

    Grief Encounter offers a flexible and accessible bereavement service for children and their families and friends through their website, residential camps, a telephone helpline and counselling of all types.

    Visit website 020 8446 7452
    Miscarriage Association

    The Miscarriage Association offers support to anyone who has been affected by the loss of a baby in pregnancy.

    Visit website 01924 200 799
    Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity

    Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity provides a bespoke, high quality service to families when their child has a life threatening or terminal illness. Established in 1986, Rainbow Trust now supports over 2,000 families each year offering emotional and practical help to the whole family through their teams of Family Support Workers based around the country. They offer support at any stage of illness, from diagnosis, during treatment and throughout bereavement. Very importantly, there is no time limit to the care that Rainbow Trust provides. They will stay with a family until they feel that they can cope without their support, sometimes this will be for several years after a child has died.

    Registered Charity No. 1070532

    Visit website 01372 363438
    Sands

    Sands supports anyone affected by the death of a baby through a variety of ways, including support literature, a telephone helpline and online forum.

    Visit website 020 7436 5881
    SiMBA

    SiMBA supports those affected by the loss of a baby during pregnancy or close to the time of birth.  They gift memory boxes to bereaved parents and raise funds for hospital family rooms.

    Visit website 01368 860 141
    The Compassionate Friends

    The Compassionate Friends is run by the bereaved and dedicated to the support and care of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents who have suffered the death of a child. It offers a helpline, online services and local befrienders to the bereaved.

    Visit website 0345 123 2304
    The Lullaby Trust

    The Lullaby Trust offers a helpline and a network of trained befrienders to those who have experienced the sudden or unexpected loss of a baby. The Care of Next Infant scheme supports bereaved families when they have another baby.

    Visit website 020 7802 3200
    Age Cymru Swansea Bay

    Age Cymru Swansea Bay provides a range of support to older people across Swansea. Our Advice & Information team can help with issues such as benefits, housing and social care. We also offer a volunteer befriending service and a range of domestic services to help with housekeeping and household maintenance.

    Age Scotland

    Age Scotland provides a range of support to the older, bereaved person from befriending services to the provision of practical advice and financial support.

    Visit website 0800 4 70 80 90
    Age UK

    Age UK provides a range of support to the older, bereaved person from befriending services by phone or face to face, to the provision of practical advice and financial support.

    Visit website 0800 169 6565
    Counselling Directory

    Helping individuals find a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist in their local area. All counsellors listed have provided of qualifications and insurance cover or proof of membership with a professional body.  (Calls cost 7p/min and access charge).

    Visit website 0844 8030 240
    Independent Age

    Independent Age is a charity offering free advice and information on care, benefits and social support, as well as volunteer befriending services.

    Visit website 020 7605 4200
    Late Spring

    Late Spring is a network of facilitated, self-help support groups for people aged 60+, who have been recently bereaved.  Late Spring groups support people as they manage the difficult transition into living life without their partner. Late Spring is an Age UK Oxfordshire initiative, currently only available in Oxfordshire, but a toolkit is being developed to enable Late Spring groups to be replicated anywhere across the UK. 

    Visit website 07827 235461
    2 Wish Upon A Star

    2 Wish Upon A Star works with the staff of emergency and critical units in hospitals in and across Wales to offer immediate support to families following the loss of their child. Home visits, telephone and email support are available. More formal support can be offered by the charity by way of 6-8 weeks of one to one sessions with a qualified counsellor.

    Visit website 01443 853125
    AAFDA

    Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse specialises in helping families after fatal domestic abuse by listening, informing, guiding, advocating and enabling.

    Visit website 07768 386922
    ASSIST

    Assistance Support and Self Help In Surviving Trauma (ASSIST Trauma Care) offers therapy to individuals and families, adults and children, who have been affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), including bereavement.

    Visit website 01788 560800
    BACP

    The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy can provide a list of qualified counsellors and psychotherapists in your local area.

    Visit website 01455 883300
    BRAKE

    Brake campaigns for road safety legislation and enforcement, and provides emotional support and practical advice and advocacy to the victims of bereavement and injury.

    Visit website 01484 559909
    Care for the Family

    Care for the Family helps families that have experienced untimely bereavement or are suffering other life changing events through a network of befrienders, events and resources.

    Visit website 029 2081 0800
    Counselling Directory

    Helping individuals find a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist in their local area. All counsellors listed have provided of qualifications and insurance cover or proof of membership with a professional body.  (Calls cost 7p/min and access charge).

    Visit website 0844 8030 240
    Cruse Bereavement Care

    Cruse offers a free telephone helpline and national face to face support following a beravement. Cruse also provides support and an interactive messageboard for young people at it’s sister site www.hopeagain.org.uk

    Visit website 0844 477 9400
    CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young

    CRY offers help, support and counselling to families where there has been a sudden cardiac death of an apparently fit and healthy young person (aged 35 or under). This support is given through a network of trained people who have also suffered such a loss.

    Visit website 01737 363 222
    Grief Encounter

    Grief Encounter offers a flexible and accessible bereavement service for children and their families and friends through their website, residential camps, a telephone helpline and counselling of all types.

    Visit website 020 8446 7452
    Jeremiah’s Journey

    Jeremiah’s Journey is a charity that supports children and their families in Plymouth and the sourrounding area. The charity helps bereaved children and groups of children who are going to be bereaved by a terminally ill parent. It’s a place where children can go and talk to other children in the same situation and who understand each other’s bereavement journey.

    Visit website 01752 424348
    Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity

    Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity provides a bespoke, high quality service to families when their child has a life threatening or terminal illness. Established in 1986, Rainbow Trust now supports over 2,000 families each year offering emotional and practical help to the whole family through their teams of Family Support Workers based around the country. They offer support at any stage of illness, from diagnosis, during treatment and throughout bereavement. Very importantly, there is no time limit to the care that Rainbow Trust provides. They will stay with a family until they feel that they can cope without their support, sometimes this will be for several years after a child has died.

    Registered Charity No. 1070532

    Visit website 01372 363438
    Sands

    Sands supports anyone affected by the death of a baby through a variety of ways, including support literature, a telephone helpline and online forum.

    Visit website 020 7436 5881
    SiMBA

    SiMBA supports those affected by the loss of a baby during pregnancy or close to the time of birth.  They gift memory boxes to bereaved parents and raise funds for hospital family rooms.

    Visit website 01368 860 141
    SUDEP Action

    SUDEP Action provides support and counselling to individuals bereaved by epilepsy including Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP).  This service is available to anyone over the age of 16.  

    Visit website 01235 772852
    The Compassionate Friends

    The Compassionate Friends is run by the bereaved and dedicated to the support and care of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents who have suffered the death of a child. It offers a helpline, online services and local befrienders to the bereaved.

    Visit website 0345 123 2304
    Winston’s Wish

    Winston’s Wish helps children, young people and their families re-adjust to life after the death of a parent or sibling. Support and guidance is given during and after bereavement so they may better understand the nature of loss and cope throughout the grieving process.

    Visit website 01242 515157
    AAFDA

    Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse specialises in helping families after fatal domestic abuse by listening, informing, guiding, advocating and enabling.

    Visit website 07768 386922
    ASSIST

    Assistance Support and Self Help In Surviving Trauma (ASSIST Trauma Care) offers therapy to individuals and families, adults and children, who have been affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), including bereavement.

    Visit website 01788 560800
    BACP

    The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy can provide a list of qualified counsellors and psychotherapists in your local area.

    Visit website 01455 883300
    Barnardo’s – Northern Ireland

    Barnardo’s Child Bereavement Service in Belfast offers individual and group support to children and young people up to 18 years old who have been bereaved. There’s also an advice line that adults concerned about a bereaved child can contact for information and advice.

    Barnardo’s Registered Charity Nos. 216250 and SC037605

    Visit website 028 9067 2366
    Child Bereavement UK

    Child Bereavement UK supports families both when a child dies and when a child is bereaved.

    Visit website 01494 568900
    Child Death Helpline

    Child Death Helpline offers a safe environment within which a caller can talk openly about the death of a child of any age. The helpline is staffed by bereaved parents who are supervised and supported by professional teams within Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust, and the Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

    Visit website 0800 282 986
    Child Funeral Charity

    Child Funeral Charity assists families financially in Egnland and Wales who have to arrange a funeral for a baby or child aged 16 and under. Financial support is available from them to help with such funeral costs, together with practical advice and guidance.

    Visit website 01480 276088
    Counselling Directory

    Helping individuals find a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist in their local area. All counsellors listed have provided of qualifications and insurance cover or proof of membership with a professional body.  (Calls cost 7p/min and access charge).

    Visit website 0844 8030 240
    Grief Encounter

    Grief Encounter offers a flexible and accessible bereavement service for children and their families and friends through their website, residential camps, a telephone helpline and counselling of all types.

    Visit website 020 8446 7452
    Hope Again

    Hope Again is a website designed by young people for young people affected by the loss of someone close. Hope Again is the youth website for Cruse Bereavement Care.

    Visit website 0808 808 1677
    Jeremiah’s Journey

    Jeremiah’s Journey is a charity that supports children and their families in Plymouth and the sourrounding area. The charity helps bereaved children and groups of children who are going to be bereaved by a terminally ill parent. It’s a place where children can go and talk to other children in the same situation and who understand each other’s bereavement journey.

    Visit website 01752 424348
    Macmillan

    Macmillan can help you cope with your grief following the loss of someone close through cancer.

    Visit website 0808 808 0000
    Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity

    Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity provides a bespoke, high quality service to families when their child has a life threatening or terminal illness. Established in 1986, Rainbow Trust now supports over 2,000 families each year offering emotional and practical help to the whole family through their teams of Family Support Workers based around the country. They offer support at any stage of illness, from diagnosis, during treatment and throughout bereavement. Very importantly, there is no time limit to the care that Rainbow Trust provides. They will stay with a family until they feel that they can cope without their support, sometimes this will be for several years after a child has died.

    Registered Charity No. 1070532

    Visit website 01372 363438
    Rainbows

    Rainbows offers support through training and peer support groups, to children and young people coping with bereavement or any other significant, life-changing loss.

    Visit website 01302 359017
    The Compassionate Friends

    The Compassionate Friends is run by the bereaved and dedicated to the support and care of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents who have suffered the death of a child. It offers a helpline, online services and local befrienders to the bereaved.

    Visit website 0345 123 2304
    Winston’s Wish

    Winston’s Wish helps children, young people and their families re-adjust to life after the death of a parent or sibling. Support and guidance is given during and after bereavement so they may better understand the nature of loss and cope throughout the grieving process.

    Visit website 01242 515157
    Young Minds

    YoungMinds runs a free helpline for parents who are worried about a child’s mental health or emotional wellbeing. YoungMinds’ website has a wealth of information about mental health and support for young people, parents and professionals. Visit www.youngminds.org.uk for more information.

    Visit website 0808 802 5544
    Citizens Advice Bureau

    Your local Citizens Advice Bureau can provide practical support on your legal responsibilities and financial matters relating to bereavement, including what benefits payments you may be eligible for.

    Visit website 08444 111 444 (England) 08444 77 20 20 (Wales)
    Department for Work and Pensions

    By phoning the DWP Bereavement Service, you can complete a benefits check of what you may be eligible for and, if appropriate, the DWP can take a claim for bereavement benefits or a Funeral Payment over the phone.

    Visit website 0845 606 0265
    Quaker Social Action

    Down to Earth provide practical support for those on low incomes struggling to afford a funeral. They can help you shop around, fill in forms, apply for any available support and think about the send-off you want for your loved one.

    Visit website 020 8983 5055
    Step Change Debt Charity

    The charity provides free expert debt advice and practical solutions to people in financial hardship. Either call their Freephone helpline or use their full online budgeting and debt advice tool that provides recommendations tailored to your personal situation.

    Visit website 0800 138 1111
    Turn2Us

    Turn2us helps people in financial need gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help following stressful life situations, such as bereavement.

    Visit website 0808 802 2000