Bereavement support groups

Adult bereavement support

Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse is a national charity providing advice, information and support to anyone who has been bereaved (children, young people and adults), whenever or however the death occurred.  The service is provided by trained, experienced volunteers, and is confidential and free.  Cruse provides face-to-face, telephone and website support both post and pre-bereavement.

Phone: 0844 808 1677 (national helpline)
Email: helpline@cruse.org.uk

Local branches of Cruse Bereavement Care

  • Andover and District
    Phone: 012 6433 6006  Phone and leave a message – calls checked regularly.
  • Basingstoke
    Phone: 012 6433 5569  Phone and leave a message – calls checked regularly.
  • Berkshire and North Hampshire
    Phone: 013 4441 1919  Phone for an appointment.  Answer phone messages returned as soon as possible.
  • Bournemouth and Christchurch
    Phone: 010 2030 2000  Phone to make an appointment.
  • Isle of Wight
    Phone: 019 8352 3030  Phone to make an appointment at a mutually agreed time.
  • New Forest
    Phone: 012 0230 2000  Phone to make an appointment or attend the monthly support group.
  • Salisbury
    Phone: 017 2241 1938  Phone to make an appointment.
  • South Hants (covers Southampton and Portsmouth areas)
    Phone: 0844 879 3448  Phone and leave a message on the answer phone.
  • West Sussex
    Phone: 0300 311 9959  Phone and leave a message – calls checked regularly. 

Eastleigh Bereavement Service

Bereavement Service for Southampton and Eastleigh.  Registered charity offering emotional support and practical advice to all bereaved people.  Free and confidential.

Phone: 07707 664702
info@ebs-bereavement.co.uk

Help in Bereavement (HiB)

Registered charity founded in 1980, HiB offer bereavement support to grieving people for as long as it is needed.  It provides a confidential visiting service covering Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Emsworth, Hayling Island, Waterlooville, Cosham, Paulsgrove, Wymering, Cowplain and Horndean.

Phone: 07432 602613

Sue Ryder: Advice and support

Sue Ryder offers an online community to allow you to talk to other people going through what you are experiencing. There are also nurses on hand for practical advice and information.

WAY Foundation

WAY runs self help groups across the UK offering information, support and friendship for men and women up to 50 who have lost a partner.  

Phone: 0870 011 3450
Email: info@wayfoundation.org.uk

Winchester Bereavement Support

Support for bereaved people in Winchester, Kings Worthy, Chandlers Ford and Sutton Scotney. Trained volunteers make home visits and offer one to one support.

Phone: 019 6286 3626
Fax: 019 6286 8324

Death of a child and bereavement support for children and young people

Babyloss

A website service providing online information and support for anyone affected by the death of a baby at any stage of pregnancy, at birth, or due to neonatal death.

Email: support@babyloss.com

Care for the Family

Offering widowed young support, bereaved parent support, supporting bereaved people, bereaved sibling support.

Phone: 029 2081 0800
Email: mail@cff.org.uk

Child Bereavement Charity

Supporting families and educating professionals, both when a child dies and when a child is bereaved.

Phone:  014 9456 8900

Cruse Bereavement Care Youth Line Hope Again

Cruse’s young people’s website, designed by young people for young people aged between 12 and 18.

Phone:  0808 808 1677 (Young people’s freephone helpline)
Email: helpline@cruse.org.uk

Child Death Helpline

Helpline for anyone affected by the death of a child of any age, under any circumstances, however long ago. Staffed by trained volunteers, all of whom are bereaved parents.  Based at Great Ormond Street and Alder Hey hospitals.

Phone: 0800 282 986 (freephone) or 0808 800 6019 (freephone for mobile phones)
Email: contact@childdeathhelpline.org

Compassionate Friends

Supporting bereaved parents and their families after a child dies. Available for support and information daily. The line is always answered by a bereaved parent.

Phone: 0345 123 2304 (national helpline)
Phone: 0345 120 3785 (office) (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm)
Email: info@tcf.org.uk

The Lullaby Trust

The Lullaby Trust provides expert advice on safer sleep for babies, emotional support for bereaved families and raises awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Freephone helpline: 0808 802 6868
Email: support@lullabytrust.org.uk

Jigsaw4u

Jigsaw4u is a charity dedicated to supporting children, young people, and their families, who have experienced grief, loss and trauma.

Phone: 020 8687 1384

SANDS - Still Birth and Neonatal Death Society

Sands offer support to anyone affected by the death of a baby either during pregnancy or after birth.  Local groups are run by bereaved parents and are currently established in Southampton, Havant, Portsmouth, Basingstoke and Chichester and meet monthly.  On-line and email support is available and home visits can also be arranged. 

Sands online support forum to exchange experiences.
Phone: 0808 164 3332
Email: helpline@sands.org.uk

SIBBS

SIBBS is Compassionate Friend’s nationwide self-help support group for people who have suffered the death of a brother or sister.

Phone: 0345 123 2304 (10am-4pm and 6.30pm-10.30pm every day).
Email:  info@tcf.org.uk (information, support, information about SIBBS)

Simon Says

Southampton-based registered charity providing information and resources to bereaved children and their families. Support groups are available where children and young people have the opportunity to talk and play with others the same age. Support for adult carers and parents too.

Phone: 023 8064 7550
Email: info@simonsays.org.uk

Winston’s Wish

Support, information and guidance to all those caring for a child or young person who has been bereaved.

National helpline: 0808 802 0021
Email: info@winstonswish.org.uk

Support following sudden or traumatic death

Assist Trauma Care

Help and support for individuals and families, adults and children, who have suffered any kind of traumatic occurrence such as an attack, a transport incident, a fire, a bomb, war, or a tsunami.  Help is provided by qualified and experienced therapists who aim to help people recover and move on with their lives.

Helpline: 017 8856 0800

Escaping Victimhood

Offering residential programmes for those bereaved through murder or manslaughter (including road death) to enable adults to look to a more positive future.

Phone: 07715 209415
Email: info@escapingvictimhood.com

Red Lipstick Foundation

Offering support after suicide through online groups, support meets, home visits, befriending, inquest support, media support, counselling, and holistic therapy. Support also available for anyone after the loss of a child through sudden death. 

Phone: 07933 824976
Email: theredlipstickfoundation@gmail.com

RoadPeace

National charity providing emotional and practical support to those bereaved or injured in a road crash.

Helpline: 0845 450 0355 (9am-5pm  Monday to Friday)
Email: helpline@roadpeace.org

SAMM - Support after Murder and Manslaughter

For anyone who has suffered the traumatic death of a loved one, regardless of how long since the death.

National helpline: 0845 872 3440
Email: support@samm.org.uk

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

(Previously known as SOBS)

Aims to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend. A self help, voluntary organisation - many of those helping have themselves been bereaved by suicide.

National helpline: 0300 111 5056 (9am to 9pm every day)