We run Virtual Bereavement Help Point sessions every week.
These sessions are open to anyone who would like to join with others who have experienced loss. They provide an informal space where the subject of death and bereavement is addressed
openly and empathically.
The sessions are facilitated by volunteers who offer advice, guidance and a listening ear. Feel free to drop in and find out more about bereavement services in your area.
If you would like to join us or find out more abut these virtual sessions, you can register below.
If you have any queries about the Bereavement Help Point sessions
please email BHP@stchristophers.org.uk or telephone 07842 608242.
If you require more information please take a look at our helpful bereavement resources below.
You may also find the numbers below useful in order to access bereavement advice and support. If you are in crisis please phone the Samaritans on the number below, contact your local GP or go to A&E.
|Samaritans||116 123||For anyone at anytime for any reason|
|Childline||0800 1111||Support for under 25yrs and their relatives|
|Silverline||0800 470 8090||Support for the over 70’s|
Parents and carers want to do the best for their children, and it is very hard to know what is best for them when a death has happened. You are trying to come to terms with what has happened, cope with painful and difficult feelings, and there are so many decisions and choices to be made.
This leaflet has been written to help you think about your children and the funeral, why they should have the chance to go, and how to answer some of their questions.Read leaflet online | Download leaflet (PDF)
St Christopher’s has been providing bereavement counselling to patients’ families for over 50 years. St Christopher’s Candle Child Bereavement Service extends this support to all children, young people and their families in the south east London area, covering the boroughs of Croydon, Bromley, Lewisham, Southwark and Lambeth. Any parent, carer, teacher or healthcare professional can make a referral to the Candle Child Bereavement Service. Young people aged over 16 can refer themselves.
We also offer a specialist training, advice and consultancy service to schools and other agencies working with children facing bereavement.Read leaflet online | Download leaflet (PDF)
Every year many young people experience the death of someone they are close to. Some of these deaths will be sudden and some will be after a long illness, but all losses can be difficult for teenagers. This leaflet is designed to help you understand some of the aspects of a death that are hard for young people and to give some ideas about how you can offer support. (more…)Read leaflet online | Download leaflet (PDF)
Everyone is very shocked when someone dies suddenly. There has been no time to prepare and often no warning that the person was going to die. Shock affects adults and children physically and emotionally, and some of the effects you may notice are feeling dizzy or sick, shaky, shivery, hot and cold. After a shock we often feel very unsafe for a while, and need to take things quietly. This leaflet mentions some of the things you and your child may be feeling. (more…)Read leaflet online | Download leaflet (PDF)
Cruse provides support services for people across the UK who have been bereaved. The helpline offers listening support and practical advice related to bereavement, including dealing with an estate, debt and arranging a funeral.0808 808 1677
When someone who is important to us dies it can feel unbearable, as though our whole world has changed. As unique individuals, our response to loss is also likely to be unique, and can be affected by the relationship we had with the person who died. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. (more…)Read leaflet online | Download leaflet (PDF)
A funeral is a significant event. It may not be easy to think about, whether your own or that of a relative; for example how best to commemorate a life, what to include or leave out. However, planning a funeral can be helpful for those who are approaching the end of life and is one way of ensuring that their wishes are respected. (more…)Read leaflet online | Download leaflet (PDF)
For anyone at anytime for any reason116 123 (24 hour support line)
If you have recently been bereaved by suicide, the South East London Suicide Bereavement Service is here to provide support from both a practical and an emotional perspective. The staff team includes Suicide Bereavement Support Workers, Community Chaplains and a Bereavement Counsellor.https://blgmind.org.uk/bromley-mental-health/suicide-bereavement-support/
This service is specifically designed to remove from databases and mailing files, the names and addresses of people who have died.https://www.thebereavementregister.org.uk/
A Low cost counselling agency.
Greenwich-based charity that promotes emotional health and wellbeing, and offers a range of therapeutic services.
Winston’s Wish delivers support services to children who have been bereaved in the UK. As well as in-depth therapeutic help in individual, group and residential settings, they run a national helpline and have resources for children to help them through their bereavement.https://www.winstonswish.org/