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Bereavement and Funeral links

Good Funeral Guide – good advice on funeral planning

Charles Cowling author of the highly recommended Good Funeral Guide (which is signposted on our books page) and has an excellent website concerning what you need to know and do, to give a loved one the right funeral, including:
  • decide how the body of your dead person will be cared for by whom
  • make informed choices about products and services
  • get best value for money
  • read reviews of best funeral directors
  • create a meaningful and memorable funeral ceremony
  • create an end-of-life plan
  • acquire some background information about death and dying, and find out where to learn more.

Bereavement advice Bereavement Advice Centre is a free helpline and web-based information service provided by Independent Trust Corporation. They give practical information and advice on the many issues and procedures that face us after the death of someone close. They welcome calls from the bereaved 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. Tel: 0800 634 9494

An organisation of bereaved parents and siblings offering support, understanding and comfort to others similarly bereaved after the death of a child, of any age, from any cause.  The charity offers a national helpline, staffed by bereaved parent volunteers, a website, online community forum, local one-to-one and group support, retreats and supportive weekends, publications and leaflets.
Helpline: 0845 123 2304 (daily from 10am to 4pm and 7pm to 10pm) Email:
Cruse Bereavement Care Offers one-to-one bereavement counselling for any bereaved person, 14 yrs old or over, who needs support after a loss. The service is free but they are grateful for donations.
Day by Day Helpline: 0870 167 1677

Childline Provides advice for children and young people on coping with their emotions during a bereavement. Helpline: 0800 11 11

Support for parents and families whose baby is stillborn or dies soon after birth. 28 Portland Place
Helpline: 020 7436 5881
Child Death Helpline Helpline for affected by a death of any age, however long ago. Tel: 0800 282986
RoadPeace Information and support, including legal advice, for relatives of people who have died in a road accident, or for those who have been injured. Tel: 0845 4500 355 (9.00am-9.00pm 7 days a week).
Survivors Of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) A safe, confidential environment in which survivors of suicide bereavement may share and work through their pain.  Email :  Support line number is 0300 111 5065, the support line is open Monday-Friday 9am-7pm

Counselling provides counselling support network, enabling those in distress to find a counsellor close to them and appropriate for their needs. This is a free, confidential service that will hopefully encourage those in distress to seek help.

Age Space – comprehensive website providing information, guidance and advice on all aspects of elderly care.

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