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Bereavement Help Points

Assisting people in our communities seeking support following bereavement

Bereavement Help Point

As we deal with the coronavirus pandemic our top priority is your safety. Because of this we have postponed face-to-face meetings of our Bereavement Help Points. We are looking forward to starting these again as soon as it is safe to do so.

Virtual Bereavement Help Point sessions

We are running Virtual Bereavement Help Point sessions every week. These informal spaces are open to anyone who would like to join with others who have experienced loss and are facilitated by volunteers who offer a listening ear as well as information and signposting where required.

If you would like to join us or find out more abut these virtual sessions, you can register below.






If you have any queries please email or telephone 07842 608242.

Bereavement resources

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.

Do you need to speak to someone now?


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

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ARC – Antenatal Results and Choices

Bereavement support

Helping parents and professionals through antenatal screening

Baby Loss

Weblinks and Resource Lists

Support for women and their partners who have suffered a miscarriage or stillbirth



Most people will experience bereavement at some time in their life. Everyone reacts to their loss in their own unique way

Grief can be very painful and may give rise to feelings and thoughts that you don’t expect. You may find the information in this leaflet helpful. (more…)

Bereavement Advice Centre

Bereavement support, Helpline

Practical advice

Bereavement Café

Currently meeting on Zoom in a welcoming and respectful space for those coming to terms with loss and bereavement

The Creating Conversations project aims to break down the silence around death and give each of us a voice, where open conversations are welcome in normalising dying, death and grief. After two years of meeting face to face, we have a new home in keeping with government directives on safe distancing because of Covid-19.


Bereavement support in the Croydon and South London area from Rowland Brothers Funeral Directors

Bereavement support

Answers, advice and support from the Rowland Brothers


Bereavement support

Supporting people bereaved and seriously injured by road crashes

Bromley Bereavement Services

Bereavement support, Helpline

Bereavement Support in the Bromley area


Bereavement support, Helpline

Support for children and their families

Candle: Children and Funerals


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.


Candle: Children, Young People and Loss


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.


Candle: How to help your bereaved child


How to help your bereaved child

You may be bereaved yourself, and may be finding it hard to keep your child’s needs in mind with all that is happening.The following points are a guide to help you focus on what is going on for them. (more…)

Candle: Someone close has died


How to help a bereaved young person – a guide for adults

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…)

Candle: Someone has died suddenly


Helping your child

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…)

Care for the family – widowed young support

Child Bereavement UK

Bereavement support, Helpline

Helpline (9-5pm)

Child Death Helpline

Bereavement support, Helpline

A dedicated helpline that offers support to anyone affected by the death of child of any age, under any circumstances however recent or long ago


Bereavement support, Helpline

24 hour support line

For under 25yrs and their relatives

Coping with Bereavement guide from Age UK

Bereavement support

Age UK is the leading charity for older people. Visit Age UK for help, information and advice.

Counselling Directory

Bereavement support

Connecting you with help for your mental health


Bereavement support, Helpline

Nationwide Bereavement Support

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.

Find a Therapist

Bereavement support

Therapist finder from BACP

Frequently asked questions about ‘next of kin’ and power of attorney


When you are referred to our services, one of the questions we will ask you is about your ‘next of kin’. This is a term that most people have come across without knowing exactly what it means. This leaflet aims to explain it. (more…)

Funeral Costs Help

Weblinks and Resource Lists

Grief Talk

Bereavement support, Helpline

Help during your bereavement


Is it normal to feel this way?

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…)

Jewish Bereavement Counselling Service

Bereavement support

Help in bereavement

King’s College Hospital Charity Bereavement Service

Lewisham Bereavement Counselling

Bereavement support

Providing counselling and advice services for the bereaved people living in the Borough of Lewisham

Living On

Bereavement support

Living On helps and supports Children, Young People and Families in the Bromley Area to cope through the grieving process

Miscarriage Association

Bereavement support

UK charity providing info & support for those who've experienced pregnancy loss

Murdered Abroad

Bereavement support

A support group for families, partners and friends of the victims of murder and manslaughter abroad

Preparing for a funeral


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…)


Bereavement support

Re-engage exists to support older people who live alone and find it hard to get out in normal times


Bereavement support

National Charity for Road Crash Victims


Bereavement support, Helpline

24 hour support line

For anyone at anytime for any reason


Bereavement support, Helpline

Free confidential helpline after death of a baby


Bereavement support, Helpline

24 hour support line

Support for the over 70s

St Christopher’s Community Action

Bereavement support

Community Aiders help those who are isolated by delivering food parcels, care packages, art packs, puzzles and much more, as well as offering support through regular phone calls

St Christopher’s online wellbeing

Bereavement support

A timetable of activities, from art and music sessions to quizzes and exercise classes as well as time to share experiences and chat to others


Weblinks and Resource Lists

Helping those who are suddenly bereaved

Sue Ryder Online Bereavement Support

Support After Murder & Manslaughter

Bereavement support

National UK Charity supporting families bereaved by murder and manslaughter

Support for bereaved young adults

Bereavement support

bereavement support for 18-35 year olds from

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

Bereavement support, Helpline

Tell Us Once

Weblinks and Resource Lists

Tell Us Once is a service that lets you report a death to most government organisations in one go

The Bereavement Register

Weblinks and Resource Lists

This service is specifically designed to remove from databases and mailing files, the names and addresses of people who have died.

The Compassionate Friends

Bereavement support, Helpline

The Good Grief Trust

Bereavement support

The Good Grief Trust aims to find the bereaved, acknowledge their grief and provide reassurance, a virtual hand of friendship and ongoing support

The Loss Foundation

Bereavement support

Providing free bereavement support for loss to Cancer or Covid-19

The Lullaby Trust

Bereavement support, Helpline

Widowed and Young

Bereavement support

Support for young widows

Winston’s Wish

Weblinks and Resource Lists

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.

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More information

For more information contact Christine Warner, Bereavement Help Points Projects Lead

0208 768 4599