Coping With Bereavement

The death of a loved one is a heartbreaking experience. Even if their death was expected, it still leaves those left behind in a sense of shock, sadness and loss when they are gone. Whilst many people will go through what has been described as a rollercoaster of emotions, there is help and support available.


Talk to GriefChat

You may find it easier to speak to someone outside of your family and friends about the impact this loss has had on your life. For this reason we offer the GriefChat service for free.

When you click on the blue GriefChat box in the bottom right of this screen, you will be able to connect directly with a specially trained bereavement counsellor. GriefChat counsellors are experienced in supporting bereaved people and will listen to your story, explore how your grief is affecting you and help you find any of the additional support you might need.

You can remain anonymous if you wish, everything discussed is confidential and all the counsellors are trained professionals who have been vetted and hold a recent, clear DBS.

GriefChat is available Monday to Friday, from 9am to 9pm (or by email outside of these hours at


Useful Links to Bereavement Support Charities and Organisations

Age UK – is the country's largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. We provide companionship, advice and support for older people who need it most.

At a Loss – directing the bereaved and those supporting them to information and services appropriate to their loss.

Brake - A helpline for families and individuals who have lost a loved one in a traffic accident.

Child Bereavement UK – provides support for children after a loved one dies, and also for families who have lost a child.

Cruse Bereavement – Provides bereavement support, grief counselling and other help and resources for anyone in the UK who has lost a loved one.

Dying Matters – Dying Matters is a coalition of individual and organisational members across England and Wales, which aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life.

Farming Community Network - A helpline for the farming community, on any issue, including bereavement and grief after the death of a loved one.

Good Grief Trust – provides comprehensive online bereavement support and information.

Grief Encounter – supporting bereaved children and their families when they have lost someone close.

LGBT+ Helpline – Online Information, support and referral service for members of the LGBT+ community.

Macmillan Cancer Support – Providing confidential support to people with cancer.

Mind Charity – Provide help and advice to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Samaritans – 24-hour confidential listening service. 

SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death) – Bereavement support and grief counselling for anyone, including healthcare professionals, affected by the death of a baby.

SSAFA Forces Help – provide support for people at any stage in their military career, helping the individual or family to access the support they need.

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide – self-help organisation who aim to provide a safe, confidential environment in which bereaved adults can share their experiences and find support. 

WAY Widowed and Young – a network specifically for men and women under 51 years of age who have lost their spouse or partner.

Winston’s Wish – Helps children and families after the death of a close family relative, including after a long illness, suicide or on military service.