You may feel that you need to talk with someone sympathetic who is outside your immediate family, or with other people who have been through a similar experience. In addition to ministers of religion and hospital chaplains, there are several organisations which give this kind of support.
National organisation for older people.
The Brigitte Trust
An independent registered charity with 25 years' experience, offering emotional support and practical help at home to people facing life-threatening illness. The trust is based in Dorking and offers its free volunteer service across Surrey.
- Website: www.brigittetrust.org
CancerHelp UK is the patient information website of Cancer Research UK. They provide a free information service about cancer and cancer care for people with cancer and their families. This includes a section about coping with cancer and bereavement.
- Website: www.cancerhelp.org.uk
Childline give advice about how children cope when someone dies.
The Compassionate Friends
Supports parents whose child has died.
- Website: www.tcf.org.uk
Cruse Bereavement Care
Counselling, advice, information and social contact through local branches. Road for you is a website designed for children and young people after the death of someone close.
- National website: www.cruse.org.uk
Donor Family Network
The Donor Family Network offers a wide range of support to donor families, regardless of when donation happened or in what circumstances.
- Website: www.donorfamilynetwork.co.uk
Jigsaw (South East)
Jigsaw (South East) supports bereaved children, young people and their families and also those affected by a family member having a terminal diagnosis throughout Surrey and surrounding areas.
- Website: www.jigsawsoutheast.org.uk
A website specialising in preparing for death.
- Website: www.lastingpost.com
LGBT Bereavement Helpline
London Friend's dedicated helpline offers support and practical information to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered callers who have been bereaved or are preparing for bereavement. Trained volunteers also welcome calls from affected family, friends, colleagues and carers.
- Website: www.londonfriend.org.uk
The Lullaby Trust
Providing specialist support for bereaved families and anyone affected by a sudden infant death.
- Website: www.lullabytrust.org.uk
Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support provide practical, medical and financial support, patient information about all types of cancer and a helpline to discuss your concerns with cancer support specialists. It also includes a section called End of life that includes supportive information for the patient and their partner, relatives or friends.
- Website: www.macmillan.org.uk
The Miscarriage Association
Support and information on all aspects of pregnancy loss.
- Website: www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk
National Association of Victim Support
- Website: www.victimsupport.org.uk
Natural Death Centre
- Website: www.naturaldeath.org.uk
National charity for road crash victims.
- Website: www.roadpeace.org
For someone you can talk to who will give you support. Please see websites below:
- Guildford: www.samaritans.org/guildford
- Leatherhead: www.samaritans.org/leatherhead
- North-West Surrey: www.samaritans.org/weybridge
- National: www.samaritans.org
SSAFA Forces Help
Helping serving and ex-Service men, women and their families in need.
- Website: www.ssafa.org.uk
The Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society (SANDS)
Support to parents bereaved through pregnancy loss, stillbirth or neonatal death.
- Website: www.uk-sands.org
Sue Ryder Online Community
- Website: support.sueryder.org/community
The Terrence Higgins Trust
Support, information and advice for anyone with or concerned about HIV or sexual health.
- Website: www.tht.org.uk
The War Widows Association of Great Britain
Advice, help and support to all war widows and dependants.
- Website: www.warwidows.org.uk
WAY Widowed and Young
Support for those widowed aged 50 or under.
- website: www.widowedandyoung.org.uk