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Bereavement support

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.

Age UK

National organisation for older people.

Surrey website: www.acsurrey.org.uk

National website: www.ageuk.org.uk

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

Sue Ryder Online Community

The Sue Ryder Online Community is an online peer support forum where people affected by terminal illness or bereavement can exchange messages, share their feelings and support each other.

British Organ Donor Society (BODY)

A self-help and support group for families of organ donors and for those who have received organs. They will also welcome calls from people waiting to receive organs and those whose relatives have died after a transplant or whilst waiting. The phone is in a family home and there is an answerphone when no one is in.

Website: body.orpheusweb.co.uk

Cancer Help

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

Childline give advice about how children cope when someone dies.

Website: www.childline.org.uk

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

Local contacts:

Surrey North Area

Surrey East Area

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

Lasting Post

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

Road Peace

National charity for road crash victims.

Website: www.roadpeace.org

The Samaritans

For someone you can talk to who will give you support.

Guildford Website: www.samaritans.org/guildford
Leatherhead Website: www.samaritans.org/leatherhead
North-West Surrey Website: www.samaritans.org/weybridge
National Website: 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

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

The WAY Foundation

Support for those widowed before the age of 51.

The Way Foundation website

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