Bereavement support after a death by suicide for adults

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS)

SOBS offers support for those bereaved or affected by suicide through a helpline answered by trained volunteers who have been bereaved by suicide and a network of local support groups.

The Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends support people when a child of any age dies through any cause. They have local support groups and online message boards with special sections for those bereaved by suicide and childless parents. 
  • Helpline: 0345 123 2304, Daily 10:00-16:00, 19:00-22:00
  • www.tcf.org.uk

If U Care, Share Foundation

If U Care, Share Foundation provides practical and emotional support to people bereaved by suicide. It also offers training in suicide prevention and support to young people at risk of suicide around North East England. It is run by people who have experienced loss by suicide. The Road Ahead is a free resource available on the website that is written by people bereaved by suicide giving their perspectives if dealing with the daily impact of loss.

Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse supports people after the death of someone close. Their trained volunteers offer confidential face-to-face, telephone, email and website support, with both national and local services. They also have services specifically for children and young people. 

Support After Suicide

A website with details of organisations who offer support to people bereaved by suicide and information about relevant resources. The website is provided by the Suicide Support Partnership, an alliance of oranisations with a focus on providing timely and appropriate support to everyine bereaved or affected by suicide.

Outlook SouthWest Suicide Liaison Service

This is a specialist service developed to support people who have been bereaved by suicide. Theyhave trained professionals with expert knowledge, skills and experience in helping those who have been bereaved in this way. The type of support they provide includes: face-to-face contact with those who are left behind (family, loved ones or friends), information, practical support and guidance about the sorting out of personal affairs, as well as liaison with the Coroner's Office, the Police, media or faith groups where necessary.
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Bereavement support for adults supporting children and young people

Winston's Wish

Winston's Wish offers support and guidance to bereaved children and families. They have produced Beyond the Rough Rock - a booklet on supporting a young person or child bereaved by suicide, and can provide information on children seeing the body and attending funerals.

Balloons (Exeter)

Balloons is a charity that provides support for children, young people and their families before an expected death, or following the death, of someone significant in their lives. We work across Exeter, Mid and East Devon, providing a dedicated phone line, one-to-one support with children and young people in a safe environment, activity days for children and family events.

Childhood Bereavement Network

Searchable directory of local child bereavement services and other helpful information.

Child Bereavement UK

Support, guidance and information for anyone supporting a bereaved cild or young person. Also support for parents when a child of any age dies.
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Bereavement support for young people

Child Bereavement UK

CBUK offers support to young people when someone has died or is seriously ill.

Hope Again

Hope Again is a web based resource for bereaved young people, created by young people who have been bereaved; it is part of Cruse.

Balloons (Exeter)

Balloons is a charity that provides support for children, young people and their families before an expected death, or following the death, of someone significant in their lives. We work across Exeter, Mid and East Devon, providing a dedicated phone line, one-to-one support with children and young people in a safe environment, activity days for children and family events.

Childline

Childline offers free and confidential support for children and young people up to the age of 19. No problem is too big or small. The website has links to message boards where young people talk to other young people: one topic area is about bereavement. 

Winston's Wish

Winston's Wish is a service for bereaved children, young people and their families; use the below link to go to an interactive section specifically for young people.
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Bereavement support for parents

Child Death Helpline

The Child Death Helpline is answered by trained volunteers who have experienced a childs death. It offers support to anyone affected by the death of a child of any age, under any circumstances, however recent or long ago.

Losing a child to suicide

An amazing website blog about Anne who lost her child to suicide. Honest, moving and deeply poignant. You HAVE to check it out for yourself, it will help you.
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Bereavement support for adults

Age UK

Age UK provides services and support at a national and local level to older people. Useful information about bereavement can be found here:

WAY- Widowed and Young

WAY is a membership organisation for anyone who has lost a partner and provides self-help support and guidance for widows and widowers under 50 through local peer groups, social activities and online forums.

Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse supports people after the death of someone close. Their trained volunteers offer confidential face to face, telephone, email and website support, with both local and national services. Also have services specifically for children and young people.
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Mental health and wellbeing

British Association for Counselling and Psychology

The website provides a searchable directory of accredited counsellors and therapists. The helpline does not provide emotional support but can assist in finding a local counsellor.

Mind

Mind provides advice and support to people with a mental health condition. There is a helpline for information, which can also be used by those who need someone to talk to, and a network of local services.

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

CALM provides men with a listening ear and support and raises awareness of the high risk of suicide among men, especially young men.
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Support and Information about practical arrangements after a death

Good Funeral Guide

Information about what is involved in arranging a funeral, including types of funerals and a guide to costs.

National Association of Funeral Directors

NAFD members can be found on the NAFD website.

Independent Press Standards Organisation

This independent body handles complaints from the public from media coverage.

Tell Us Once Service

Find out more about the Tell Us Once service, and check if it is available in your area.

Turn2Us

Turn2Us is a charity which helps people in financial crisis gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services.

Coroner and Inquest processes

A guide to the work of the coroner.

Coroner Services

A guide to the role of the coroner and the inquest process.

Inquest

Inquest is a charity that supports and offers information to people bereaved by a death in custody or detention.

Samaritans

Samaritans produce guidelines for the reporting of suicide and can help pursue complaints.
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