Bereavement counselling

Support organisations

The following list gives just some of the organisations that offer help and support to the bereaved.

Pendleside Hospice

Tel: 01282 440100

Pendleside Hospice provide counselling for those who are experiencing a bereavement. They support anyone from the age of 5 and up. You can be referred by any health care professional, relative or carer, or you can refer yourself. There is a self-referral form on the Pendleside Hospice website.

Cruse Bereavement Care

Tel: 0870 167 1677 (lines open 9.30 - 5.00)
Cruse are a charity that provide bereavement care to anyone who has been affected by a death. They also run a Youth Involvement Project specifically to support young people (aged 12-18) after the death of someone close to them.


Tel: 08457 90 90 90 - Open 24 hours
24-hour confidential emotional support for anyone in a crisis.

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS)

Tel: 01482 210287
This organisation offers support to those who've experienced suicide and has an informative leaflet for survivors.

Victim Support

Tel: 0845 303 0900
This organisation offers a network of experienced volunteers in most parts of the UK to help victims of crime and their survivors.

Child Death Helpline

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, WC1N 3JH
Tel: 0800 282 986
A telephone helpline based at Great Ormond Street Hospital that offers help and support to anyone affected by the death of a child. Run by parent volunteers who are supported by a professional team.

Child Bereavement UK

Support and Information line: 0800 02 888 40
Visit our website: 
Supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. Every year we train c. 6000 professionals, helping them to better understand and meet the needs of grieving families.

Sands - Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity (UK)

Helpline: Freephone 0808 164 3332
A national organisation that provides support for bereaved parents whose baby has died at or soon after birth.

The Cot Death Society

Tel: 01635 861 771
Help and support for anyone affected by cot death.

Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management
Provides guidelines about standards of service to expect from professionals.