Funded by Help for Heroes, Winston’s Wish is the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK. Supporting families after the death of loved ones, the charity has been working with bereaved children since 1992.
The charity offers the following services:
- A free National Helpline (08088 020 021). The line is open from Monday to Friday (except bank Holidays) between 9am and 5pm. Calls are free and confidential and are staffed by people with extensive experience of supporting families and children.
- Online support, including an interactive young people’s section and email support.
- Specialist publications for children/young people, parents/carers or professionals.
- Individual, family and group work.
- A telephone call-back counselling service.
- Drop in groups.
- Training and consultancy for professionals.
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We work with parents or carers to help children and young people to understand what happened whilst managing that information and the feelings and behaviours that go with it.
The service offers FREE six weekly peer-to-peer support groups of a minimum of 5 to a maximum of 8 people. Each support group runs once a week over six consecutive weeks and lasts for 90 minutes and is run by two trained volunteer facilitators from Samaritans and Cruse Bereavement Care. The groups offer the opportunity for individuals bereaved by suicide to share their experiences with others in a safe, confidential and supportive space.
To be eligible to participate in one of the groups you must be over 18 and have lost someone to suicide over three months ago. It is suggested that you join a group where you can attend at least five of the six sessions to help you get the most out of the experience. Current locations, and start-dates can be found on Facing the Future’s website (see below).Find out more »
Printable booklets on bereavement and advice on what to do when someone dies. Telephone helpline on practical advice such as how to manage benefits and financial matters as well as support for emotional matters.
Services provided: Counselling for dealing with bereavement, depression, anxiety, etc. either at home or at the office.Find out more »
The Bereavement Advice Centre provides practical information and advice regarding what needs to be done when there has been a bereavement. There is information on the website, you can call their freephone advice line, or you can fill out a form on the website to request they call you.Find out more »
The Bereavement Trust is a UK helpline offering emotional support and practical advice following a bereavement.Find out more »
Support services for those affected by the loss of a pet.Find out more »
Group for bereaved carers to socialise with each other. Meets second Tuesday of each month (10.30am-midday) at Vanilla Pod – the entrance to which can be found on Western Road in Hove (opposite Graze Restaurant).Find out more »
The Council’s Bereavement Services provide services including advice on how to cope and practical advice for what needs to be done when someone dies. Advice can be given in person or also there are links to follow on the site.Find out more »
Care for the Family offers a support telephone befriending service for bereaved parents and individuals widowed young. Call or email the service to speak to their co-ordinator. After listening to your story, the co-ordinator will link you to a befriender whose experiences best match your situation.Find out more »
Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.Find out more »