Our bereavement services

When someone close to you dies, there is no right nor wrong way to grieve. Bereavement affects everyone differently. However you are feeling, we’re here to support you in whatever way best meets your needs. Please don’t face your bereavement alone.

Bereavement services


St Christopher’s Bereavement Service

Our adult bereavement service supports anyone whose relative or friend was cared for by St Christopher’s or anyone referred from the London Borough of Bromley

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Bereavement Help Points

Assisting people in our communities seeking support following bereavement

Bromley Bereavement Service

Community bereavement service offering free telephone and face-to-face support

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Lewisham Bereavement Counselling

Providing information and confidential, one-to-one counselling to bereaved people over the age of 18 living in the Lewisham Borough

Wellbeing and community support


Compassionate Neighbours

Fit for Life

Follow our Fit for Life wellbeing programme to help look after your mind, body and spirit

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Wellbeing timetable

We run a whole array of activities throughout the week from art and music sessions to quizzes and creative writing classes

Community aid

Practical and social support

Find out more about our Community Aid initiative

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Death Chat

First Thursday of the month

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ARC – Antenatal Results and Choices

Helping parents and professionals through antenatal screening

Weblinks and Resource Lists

Baby Loss

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

Bereavement support | Helpline

Bereavement Advice Centre

Practical advice

0800 634 9494 (9am-5pm)
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Bereavement support in the Croydon and South London area from Rowland Brothers Funeral Directors

Answers, advice and support from the Rowland Brothers

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Supporting people bereaved and seriously injured by road crashes

Bereavement support | Helpline

Bromley Bereavement Services

Bereavement Support in the Bromley area

0208 768 4599
Bereavement support | Helpline


Support for children and their families

0208 768 4500

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.


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Children and funerals


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.


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Children, young people and loss


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…)

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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…)

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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…)

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Bereavement support

Care for the family – widowed young support

Bereavement support | Helpline

Child Bereavement UK

Helpline (9-5pm)

0800 028 8840
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Child Death 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

0800 282 986 or 0808 800 6019
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24 hour support line for under 25 years and their relatives

0800 1111 (24 hour support line)
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Coping with Bereavement guide from Age UK

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

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Counselling Directory

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.

0808 808 1677
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Find a Therapist

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…)

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Funeral Costs Help

Bereavement support | Helpline

Grief Talk


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…)

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Jewish Bereavement Counselling Service

Help in bereavement

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King’s College Hospital Charity Bereavement Service

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Lewisham Bereavement Counselling

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

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Living On

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

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Miscarriage Association

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

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Murdered Abroad

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…)

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


Remembering with Ribbons event – Orpington

Attend our colourful Summer Ribbons event at Orpington and dedicate your ribbon of remembrance

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Remembering with Ribbons event – Sydenham

Attend our colourful Summer Ribbons event at Sydenham and dedicate your ribbon of remembrance

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Bereavement support


National Charity for Road Crash Victims

Bereavement support | Helpline


24 hour support line

For anyone at anytime for any reason

116 123 (24 hour support line)
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Free confidential helpline after death of a baby

0808 164 3332
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24 hour support line for the over 70s

0800 470 8090 (24 hour support line)
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South East London Suicide Bereavement Service

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.

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St Christopher’s Community Action

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

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St Christopher’s online wellbeing

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

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Sue Ryder Online Bereavement Support

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Support After Murder & Manslaughter

National UK Charity supporting families bereaved by murder and manslaughter

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Support for bereaved young adults

bereavement support for 18-35 year olds from ataloss.org

Bereavement support | Helpline

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

0300 111 5065 (9am-9pm daily)
Weblinks and Resource Lists

Tell Us Once

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

Weblinks and Resource Lists

The Bereavement Register

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

Bereavement support | Helpline

The Compassionate Friends

0345 123 2304 (Every day 10am-4pm, 7-10pm)
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The Deborah Ubee Trust

A Low cost counselling agency.

Greenwich-based charity that promotes emotional health and wellbeing, and offers a range of therapeutic services.

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The Good Grief Trust

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

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The Loss Foundation

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

Bereavement support | Helpline

The Lullaby Trust

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Widowed and Young

Support for young widows

Weblinks and Resource Lists

Winston’s Wish

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.


Wondering who to call?

Advice about which services are best to contact in different situations.


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