Good Grief Resources


We believe that sharing experiences and bringing grief and loss out into the open can help us find solace and support. But living with grief can also be really tough, especially at a time of global crisis. Social distancing, job insecurity and fears about the Coronavirus can compound our worries and fears. This can mount up to a significant mental health impact. Bereaved or not, we want to highlight some sources of support.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mind: Coronavirus and your wellbeing.
Off The Record: being resilient through the Coronavirus disruption.
Free Headspace Mindfulness: weathering the storm.
BBC article: how to protect your mental health.
WHO: mental health and psychosocial considerations during Covid-19.
NHS: guidance on relieving stress.

Bereavement Services  

Cruse Bereavement Care: excellent dedicated pages to help dealing with bereavement and grief in the context of Coronavirus.
Bristol Bereavement Network: directory of local services.
Good Grief Trust: an online portal of UK bereavement services, searchable by type and location.
www.bacp.co.uk: for information on finding a qualified counsellor.  
The Samaritans.

Support with specific bereavements

Specialist support can be really helpful when you feel like no one understands what you are going through. Below are just some of the organisations out there to support you, with thanks to Cruse Bereavement Care for compiling this list.   

Adults and older people – bereavement and befriending

Gransnet: bereavement forum for the over 50s.
The Jolly Dollies: social network for widows.
Gingerbread: single parents, equal families.
WAY: widowed and young.
Switchboard: LGBT+ Helpline.
Age UK: a PDF on bereavement in later life.
The Silver Line: a helpline for older people.

Infertility

Fertility Network UK: the National Charity for those experiencing infertility.
Big Fat Negative: support with the challenges of infertility.
Cat and Alice: support with infertility and trying to conceive.
Resolve: the National Infertility Association.

Death of a child

The Compassionate Friends.
The Lullaby Trust: previously Foundation for the Study of Sudden Infant Death.
Child death helpline: for anyone affected by the death of a child.
Child Funeral Charity: financial support for families.
Child Bereavement UK.

For children and young people

Hope Again.
Winston’s Wish.
Childline.
Childhood Bereavement Network.
Child Bereavement UK.
Papyrus – Prevention of Young Suicide.
Co-operative Funeralcare animated short films.

Pre-bereavement

The Harbour, for those facing death due to serious illness.
Dying matters.
National End of Life Care Programme.
Carers Direct.
Hospice UK.

Traumatic Bereavement

Victim Support.
Samm: Support after Murder and Manslaughter.
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide.
Independent Advisory Panel on Death in Custody.
Inquest: advice to bereaved people on contentious deaths.
Coroner’s Court Support Service.
AfterTrauma: dedicated to helping survivors of traumatic injury and their carers.
Sudden: Supporting people after sudden death.

Pregnancy or at Birth

The Miscarriage Association.
Sands: The stillbirth and neonatal death charity.
Care confidential: for pregnancy and post-abortion support.
Antenatal Results and Choices.

Specific illness and causes of death

Alzheimer’s Society.
Cardiac Risk in the Young.
Road peace: the national charity for road crash victims.
Marie Curie: Care and support through terminal illness.
Sudden Arrythmic Death Trust.
Drugfam: supporting families affected by a loved one’s use of drugs or alcohol.
Adfam: families affected by drugs and alcohol.
Anyone’s Child (families for safer drug control) from Transform.
Anthony Nolan: Bereavement and stem cell transplants.

Faith-based Information and Services

Muslim Bereavement Support Service.
Talk about dying (Christian).
Jewish Bereavement Counselling Service.

Pet Loss

Blue cross: pet loss.
Cats Protection: grief and loss.