You’re not alone. When you lose someone you love, coping with bereavement and the grief can be all-consuming.

Everyone is different and you’ll react to the loss in a way that is unique to you. But support is available. You might find it helps to talk with someone outside your immediate family or to someone who has been through a similar experience.

When you’re grieving it’s normal to feel disbelief, numbness, anger, physical and mental pain, guilt, depression and regret. Thinking you’re seeing or hearing someone who has died is also a common experience and can be both comforting and distressing. The old adage ‘time heals’ is true but the reality is that grief takes a different course for us all and sometimes we need a little bereavement help.

You can talk to religious ministers, hospital chaplains or people from organisations that help bereaved people. For professional bereavement care, you could call one of the following:

Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse helps anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. Services are free to bereaved people. The charity provides bereavement support and offers information, advice, education and training services.

Day by Day Helpline : 08444 779400

Email: [email protected] or visit

The Samaritans

The Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental emotional bereavement support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

Telephone: 08457 909090

Email: [email protected] or visit

Child Bereavement Charity

The Child Bereavement Charity provides specialised bereavement support, information and training to all those affected when a baby or child dies, or when a child is bereaved.

Telephone: 01494 446648 or visit

The British Humanist Association

The national charity supporting and representing people who seek to live good lives without religious or superstitious beliefs.

Telephone:  02070 793 580 or visit


Offering support to bereaved children, young people, parents and carers.

Telephone: 01258 837071

Email: [email protected] or visit