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A one stop shop website for signposting the bereaved to local and specific support. also provide activity support weekends for bereaved 18-30 year olds.

Armchair Advice
If you need help coping with a terminal illness, are facing death or have suffered a bereavement visit Armchair Advice for support.

Bereavement Services Portal
Information and support for people who’ve been bereaved.

The road safety charity.

British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Find a professionally qualified counsellor in your local area.

Care for the Family
Charity with a Christian emphasis that also runs a telephone befriending service, day workshops and weekend retreats for people who have been widowed young.

Care of Police Survivors (COPS)
National organisation which supports the families of police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Childhood Bereavement Network
A national federation of organisations and individuals working with bereaved children and young people.

Child Bereavement UK
Helps bereaved families.

A free national helpline for children and young people on any issue or problem 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)
Network of independent charities offering information and advice.

Coroners' Courts Support Service (CCSS)
Trained volunteers offer emotional and practical support to bereaved families attending inquests.

Counselling Directory
Search on postcode for a qualified counsellor in your area.

Cruse Bereavement Care
Offers bereavement help, advice and counselling.

Daisy’s Dream
Daisy's Dream supports children and their families affected by both life threatening illness and bereavement, throughout Berkshire and the surrounding areas.

Depression Alliance
Information and support service for people affected by depression.

Depression UK
A self-help charity promoting mutual support between individuals affected by depression.

Supports bereaved children, young people and their families in Worcestershire.

Expert advice, practical support and campaign for single parents.

Gone Too Soon
Free online memorial site.

Good Funeral Guide
Advice about arranging a funeral.

Good Grief Trust
A website that signposts people to bereavement organisations across the UK and offers helpful resources and advice.

Green Widow
Written by former WAY chairman Rachel Green to help those widowed while pregnant.

Grief Encounter
Website designed to help children through bereavement. 

Advice to bereaved families facing an inquest.

Jeremiah’s Journey
Bereavement support for children and families based in Plymouth.

London Friend- Lesbian & Gay Bereavement
A voluntary organisation serving the lesbian, gay and bisexual and transgender community, with a Bereavement Helpline.

Sanctuary for the suicidal.

Merry Widow
Information for widows written by a young widowed mother called Kate Boydell.

Provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Much Loved Tribute Site
Set up a tribute to a loved one.

National Association of Widows
Self-help group run by widows for widows.

National Children’s Bureau
Promotes the interests and well-being of all children and young people across every aspect of their lives.

Nelson's Journey
Support for bereaved children and young people in Norfolk. 

Parent Lifeline
National helpline.

Catch them before they fall, providing emotional guidance for children.

Register Office near me
Find the register offices nearest to you.

Rethink National Advice Service
Help for people affected by mental illness.

Richmond's Hope
Bereavement support centre for children (aged 4-16) and their families in Edinburgh.

Road Peace
Support for bereaved and injured road crash victims.

Information for the family and relatives of a young person who has died of Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS), sometimes called sudden adult death syndrome.

Support after murder and manslaughter. 

Practical information, crisis care and emotional support to anybody affected by mental health problems.

Scattering Ashes
Lots of practical tips about what to do with your loved one’s ashes.

Simon Says
Bereavement support for children in Hampshire.

Small Families Holidays
Single parent holiday company.

Sudden Trauma Information Service Helpline
A confidential helpline service for survivors of all kinds of sudden trauma. 

Support and Care after Road Death and Injury (SCARD)
SCARD aims to: help relieve distress among people who have been bereaved, injured or affected by road death or injury.

Support after Suicide Partnership
Library of support guides for each country of the UK.

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide
Exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend.

Tell us Once
A government scheme designed to help people who have been newly bereaved to reduce the number of organisations they have to contact about their loved one’s death.

The Bereavement Advice Centre
Support and advice for people about what they need to do after a death.

The Bereavement Register
Service where you can register the details of someone who has died so that companies involved in direct marketing can remove this person's details from their mailing lists and prevent you receiving unwanted and distressing mail and telephone calls.

The Citizens Advice Bureau
A service that helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice, and by influencing policy makers.

The Dove Service
Counselling and support for bereaved children, young people and families in Staffordshire & S. Cheshire.

The Samaritans
Confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

Victim Support
The national charity giving free and confidential help to victims of crime, witnesses, their family, friends and anyone else affected across England and Wales.

Winston’s Wish
Winston's Wish Helpline offers support, information and guidance to all those caring for a child of young person who has been bereaved.


Several WAY members have written blogs about their experiences of bereavement, including the following:

Life as a Widower  Ben Brooks-Dutton, who lost his wife when a car ran off the road in November 2012, documents the challenges of being a young widower bringing up his young son alone.

Wife After Death Author Lucie Brownlee blogs with refreshing honesty about her experiences of young widowhood.

Planet Grief Writer Helen Bailey wrote her blog with clarity and humour about her experiences after her husband died in a freak swimming accident while they were on holiday together.

Widows Don’t Wear Black Nicola Campbell writes about life with her two young daughters since her husband died in February 2012.

No Rain No Rainbows Mark Wilcock writes about life as a widowed dad.

We also have a list of useful books about bereavement that WAY members have recommended.