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Bereavement Service

Finding Rainbows

Finding Rainbows is a registered charity within Tameside who support families who have sadly suffered the bereavement of a baby or child including early pregnancy loss. At Finding Rainbows, we understand the importance of remembering our Angels so we will be holding regular Coffee mornings, on going support both online and in office while holding regular events throughout the year to raise funds. The volunteers who help run Finding Rainbows will understand your loss as they have been through bereavements of their own. Natalie, the founder of Finding Rainbows, created the charity after experiencing the loss of her son Kaiden and found that support was very limited but wanted to ensure it was available for anyone else that were going down the hard road of grief. We are able to offer free counselling to anyone who are accessing our services through the trainee counsellors we have on our team. Finding Rainbows does have its own Facebook page, which allows the local community to keep up to date while offering online support to those who are not able to come to the office.
  • Address: 
  • 9 Fletcher Street
  • Ashton-under-Lyne
  • OL6 6BY

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Compassionate Friends

Location: London 

Offering support to parents and siblings who have suffered the death of a child/sibling.  The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is a charitable organisation of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents dedicated to the support and care of other similarly bereaved family members who have suffered the death of a child or children of any age and from any cause.

Many people who have suffered the loss of a child feel a bond with others in the same situation and wish to extend the hand of friendship. We offer support, both directly to bereaved families, and indirectly by fostering understanding and good practice amongst professionals concerned with child death and by increasing public awareness. In TCF, “family” covers a broad spectrum of relationships. We aim to help any individual or family affected by the death of a child, including unmarried partners, adoptive parents, step families, same sex couples and single parent families.

Open: Monday to Sunday, 10:00am-4:oopm and 7:00pm-10:00pm

  • 14 New King Street, Deptford, London, SE8 3HS
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Cruse Bereavement

Location: Surrey 

Cruse Bereavement Care exists to promote the well being of bereaved people and to enable anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss.

The organisation provides:-

  • Counselling and support
  • Information
  • Advice
  • Training services

You can visit our website, a site designed for young people as part of Cruse Bereavement Care's Youth Involvement Project.

  • Address:
  • Cruse Bereavement Care, PO Box 800, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1RG

The Bereavement Register

Helping to stop unwanted direct mail to the deceased. If someone you know has died, we can reduce the amount of unwanted marketing post being sent to them, stopping painful daily reminders.
By registering with our free service, the names and addresses of the deceased are removed from mailing lists, stopping most advertising mail within as little as six weeks. 

Who manages The Bereavement Register?

The Bereavement Register® was launched by REaD Group in 2000 to help put a stop to direct mail sent after someone has died.

Originally formed in 1991, the company was founded on a single principle - to clean up the Direct Marketing industry by enabling companies to rid their databases of out of date and inaccurate information.

After successfully launching various data management products Mark Roy, founder and Chairman of REaD Group, turned his attention to the problem of mail continuing to be sent to the deceased. To register a bereavement please see the website or get in touch.

  • Address:
  • The Bereavement Register
    1 Newhams Row
    SE1 3UZ
  • Telephone: 07089 6403 / 0800 082 1230
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Tell Us Once . Gov

Provided for DWP

You can use this service to help you tell government and the local councils about the death and you won’t have to send a copy of the death certificate in the post.

This service is not a claim for benefit, but it can help you give the information to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). If you want the information can be passed onto a number of other government departments and local council services.

You may have already read a leaflet from your local council about this service. If not please ask for one or you can learn more about this service on the website.

Privacy: This service is committed to ensuring that the information provided for this service is protected. Our Privacy Statement tells you how we will use and protect this information.

Survivors Of Bereavement By Suicide

Each year in the UK, more than 6000 people take their own life – each suicide has a devastating and lasting impact on their families, friends and communities.

We exist to meet the needs and break the isolation experienced by those bereaved by suicide.   We are a self-help organisation and we aim to provide a safe, confidential environment in which bereaved people can share their experiences and feelings, so giving and gaining support from each other.  We also strive to improve public awareness and maintain contacts with many other statutory and voluntary organisations. 

If you have been bereaved or affected by suicide, there is help available and you do not have to be alone.  This section includes information about how we can help and support available to people who have been bereaved by suicide.

We offer a range of support services for adults over 18, these are and are run by our volunteers, the majority of whom have been bereaved by suicide themselves.  We also provide information through this site and our publications.

Our services can be accessed as often and for as long as you need them.  It doesn’t matter how long it has been since your bereavement happened or what your relationship was with the person who died.  If you feel you have been affected by a suicide and you would like to talk about it, we are here.  Suicide knows no social, ethnic or cultural boundaries and neither do we.

  • Telephone: 0300 111 5065 9am to 9pm 
  • Email:
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Child Bereavement UK

For families, young people, professionals and schools.

Child Bereavement UK believes all families should have the support they need to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. Our mission is to ensure the accessibility of high quality child bereavement support and information to all families and professionals by increasing our reach and plugging the gaps that currently exist in bereavement support and training.

In September 2016, Child Bereavement UK received three years’ funding from MariaMarina Foundation to improve bereavement support in four specific areas across the north of England. We know that bereavement issues are often compounded in areas of socio-economic deprivation, so we will work in BradfordEast WirralManchester and Middlesbrough. We have a part-time bereavement support practitioner in each project area, as well as a North Development Project Lead. 

Please feel free to get in touch: Manchester: / Clare: 07827 332 824

Pet Bereavement Support

A confidential helpline which offers support to anyone following the death of a pet. 

For more information
  • Telephone: 0800 096 6606

Winston's Wish

Location: National 

Winston's Wish, the charity for bereaved children, helps young people re-adjust to life after the death of a parent or sibling. By providing professional assistance before, during and after bereavement they help them to better understand the nature of loss and offer the practical support and guidance that many need in order to cope throughout the grieving process.

08452 030405 Winston's Wish national helpline offering support, information and guidance to all those caring for a child or young person who has been bereaved.

Our services

Our child-focused approach supports the whole family. The Winston's Wish range of services includes the following:

  • national helpline for anyone caring for a child coping with the serious illness or death of a family member (08452 03 04 05)
  • group work with bereaved children and their families
  • individual work with bereaved children and their families
  • range of publications, resources and educational films
  • support programme for schools
  • tailor-made training and consultancy for professionals.
  • Winston's Wish Head Office, 3rd Floor, Cheltenham House, Clarence Street, Cheltenham, GL50 3JR
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Once Upon a Smile

Once Upon a Smile provide emotional, practical & financial support to bereaved families at their time of need to enable them to move forward. Our charity is the only bereavement charity in the UK to offer a variety of support to families through such a difficult time, not only are we unique in this way but we also tailor the support we provide to families to fit their individual needs. Families are often left to grieve alone with no, or little support available and this can often have a devastating impact on family life and children. We identified many support agencies if a loved one was ill or had a terminal illness, but nothing for the family after the death. At this point we made our decision, the new charity was going to provide support to families that had suffered the loss of a loved one, and was going to specifically be an ‘after care’ for these families.

Do you need some support? Do you know someone who needs our support?

We currently accept referrals from the below organisations and although this is the simplest way of accepting referrals we do also accept self referrals.

If you are a personal referrer please send your referral to

If you are a charity, hospice, hospital or school and wish to become an official referrer please contact our office on 0161 711 0339.

We may request supporting documents for referrals sent for our consideration.

All referrals are discussed in full by a committee and decisions are made thoroughly.

  • The Guardian Building
  • Longbridge Road
  • Trafford Park
  • Manchester
  • M17 1SN

The Bereavement Trust

The Bereavement Trust was set up in 1992 to support those affected by the Hillsborough and Kegworth air disasters. Our Founder, Reverend David Stoter, recognised a need for bereavement support in the evenings, which can be a particularly difficult and lonely time, especially during the Autumn and Winter months.

Today, The Bereavement Trust is a National Freephone Helpline, operating every evening of the year, without exception. We also co-operate with sister organisations on other bereavement-related initiatives.


‘Just talking’ to one of our trained volunteers – in absolute confidence and with no time pressure – can be a great comfort. 
Why not take the first step and call our National Freephone Helpline, or click here to find out more. Our trained volunteers offer comfort, support and practical advice to the bereaved from 6pm until 10pm. If the line is engaged, please ring 0800 9177 416.

Our Helpline is open every evening of the year from 6pm to 10pm. Including weekends, Bank Holidays, Christmas Day and New Year. All calls are free, confidential and unlimited. 


Children of Jannah

Aimed at supporting bereaved families, we hold, at our core, the Muslim belief that all children enter Heaven (Jannah in Arabic).

This belief is the guiding light that helps us to provide support through a faith perspective and education to thousands of families in the UK and beyond, who have been affected by the tragic loss of a child.

Our services are centred around supporting bereaved parents, raising awareness through education and training and, ultimately, providing comfort to those in need.

At your darkest times, when you need a shoulder to lean on and a hand to lead the way, we are here.



Bereavement Advice Centre

Bereavement Advice Centre is a free helpline and web-based information service provided by Simplify. We give practical information and advice and signposting on the many issues and procedures that face us after the death of someone close. If we do not know the answer to a concern or query we will research it and call back within an agreed period of time or signpost to another organisation which can give the information required.

We welcome calls from bereaved people and the professionals and volunteers who support them. Bereavement Advice Centre helps many people every day and aims to give straightforward, useful advice when you need it. 

Our aim is to identify and respond to areas of need rather than duplicate existing services. This is why we focus on practical concerns and signpost to other types of help.

Bereavement Advice Centre was formally launched at the House of Commons in 2007 and is provided by Simplify.

Simplify is committed to providing Bereavement Advice Centre as a free at the point of access service. We take considerable care to be transparent about this relationship to all callers. Bereavement Advice Centre does not receive any funding from government or charities

  • Address:
  • Bereavement Advice Centre
    Heron House
    Timothy's Bridge Road
    Stratford Upon Avon
    CV37 9BX
  • Telephone: 0800 634 9494      FREEPHONE Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
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Care for the Family

Help for those who are hurting

Coping with the pain and heartache of a close bereavement is always difficult – not least when it’s accompanied by a sense of loneliness and a feeling that no one understands. We want to help those who are living with loss to discover hope for the future, and the strength to rebuild their lives and the lives of their families.
For over 25 years Care for the Family has been working throughout the UK and the Isle of Man. We provide parenting, relationship and bereavement support through our events, resources, courses, training and volunteer networks. Our work is motivated by Christian compassion, and our resources and support are available to everyone, of any faith or none.

Now, a quarter of a century later, Care for the Family has become a national family charity running events and courses across the UK, and creating resources that are used all over the world.

In 1998, the charity moved to the current National Family Centre on the outskirts of Cardiff. With over 80 staff, Care for the Family operates throughout the UK and the Isle of Man.

Grief Encounter

1 in 29 children in the UK under the age of 16 will suffer the death of a parent.

Rebuilding a new life after the death of a loved one is hard for everyone, but especially for children and young people. Once the shock and trauma of a life changing event such as bereavement has been managed, finding a way to move forward must begin. Children have an overwhelming sense of confusion, fear and anxiety, alongside their grief, which must be cared for in order for them to continue into adulthood with a sense of confidence and long lasting happiness. This is where Grief Encounter makes a difference. We help families address a multitude of challenging issues following the death of a loved one, alleviating the hurt and confusion caused, whilst promoting healing. 

Grief is not an easy subject to talk about or deal with internally. There really are no rules on how you are supposed to behave or get through this difficult time; however there are a number of ways that this tragic time can be made easier for everyone involved.

At Grief Encounter, alongside our personal support, you will have access to resources that can help you communicate how and what you are feeling, and coping with your loss. You will find steps to take, and information on ways to channel your grief positively. There’s also material for further along the line; you’ll find you can’t take too much in at first, but keep coming back to read through the steps, or please get in touch with us at

The Sanctuary - Self Help

Struggling To Cope? If you are in crisis overnight from 8pm - 6am, call us on 0300 003 7029

We provide support to adults who are experiencing anxiety, panic attacks, depression, suicidal thoughts or are in crisis.The Sanctuary offers a space to talk and assistance with coping after the initial crisis.

This service is available to residents (ages 18+) living in:

  •  Manchester, Trafford, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Glossop, Wigan and Leigh – from 8pm – 6am
  • Bolton – from 4pm – 12am (midnight)
The Sanctuary offers a space to talk and assistance with coping after the initial crisis. Overnight, The Sanctuary does not have beds so is not a place to sleep over. On the night of a visit, you can stay as long as you wish between 8pm and 6am. Some people choose to leave The Sanctuary once their initial crisis has passed and they have been able to calm down; others may need to stay longer. The length of your stay will vary according to your needs.

Don’t struggle alone overnight. If you’re experiencing anxiety, panic attacks, depression, suicidal thoughts or are in crisis, call us from 8pm - 6am.

  • Address:
  • Self Help, 1st Floor East, Oakland House, Talbot Road, Manchester, M16 0PQ

Hope Again

Hope Again is Cruse Bereavement Care's website for young people.  Cruse is a national charity that provides support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone close to them dies. We also work to enhance society’s care of bereaved people.

  • How Cruse can help
  • Cruse offers a range of services, including support face to face and in groups, as well as telephone and email support.  Contact your local service HERE to find out what’s on offer where you live.

  • Cruse services are provided by dedicated and skilled volunteers in local communities who support children, young people and adults through grief.

  • We offer advice, support and information for everyone and awareness-raising training days for teachers, parents, carers, social workers, and other professionals working with bereaved children and young people.

  • Cruse also has a national website that provides information for young people and adults about our services and information on how to help those dealing with grief.

  • Telephone: 0808 808 1677 (Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm)
  • Email:
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