Nothing can prepare you for what you are experiencing if you have lost a loved one to CGD. Grief can last for years, not weeks or months. Its duration is different for everybody – because everyone is different.
Many people may benefit from reaching out to specialist bereavement support organisations to help them cope with their grief and/or the cost of funeral expenses. This page gives a directory of services that might be of help.
You may consider approaching your GP to request help. They will be able to discuss with you whether medication or psychological therapy will be of benefit. Many GPs are able to refer you to local counselling services for one-to-one support over a series of weeks.
Support from voluntary organisations
You may prefer to contact one of the voluntary organisations listed below which specialise in providing help for those who have been bereaved. They offer advice or a means of contacting others who have experienced bereavement, and the website for each provides information and links that may be useful.
The Bereavement Advice Centre is a free helpline and web-based information service. It gives practical information and advice on the many issues and procedures that are faced after the death of someone close. It takes calls from the bereaved and from the professionals and volunteers who support them.
Helpline: 0800 634 9494
Translated bereavement helplines in Gujarati, Urdu, Mandarin and Cantonese.
Helpline: 0800 435 455
Cruse Bereavement Care promotes the well-being of bereaved people and enables anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. Services are free to bereaved people. The charity provides support and offers information, advice, education and training services. Calls to the helpline are free.
Helpline: 0808 808 1677 or email@example.com
Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland provides bereavement support, either face to face or over the phone, from trained volunteers in Scotland. Calls to the helpline are chargeable.
Helpline: 0845 600 2227 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Child Bereavement UK provides support, information and training to all those affected when a baby or child dies, or when a child is bereaved. It has an online forum for bereaved parents and a database of organisations that offer support to bereaved families and the professionals who care for them.
Helpline: 0800 02 888 40
The Childhood Bereavement Network aims to improve the quality and range of bereavement support for children, young people, their families and other care-givers. It provides information about support services.
Helpline: 020 7843 6309
This charitable organisation of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents is dedicated to the support and care of others who have suffered the death of a child or children. Compassionate Friends provides a helpline, local befrienders and online support.
Helpline: 0345 123 2304; Northern Ireland: 0288 77 88 016
A source of information and support to those who’ve been bereaved, Dying Matters publishes a helpful leaflet called Being there.
Grief Encounter is a London-based organisation that helps families address difficult issues, such as the death of a child’s parent or significant loved one. It offers a helpline and support, such as one-to-one counselling and residential camps.
Helpline: 020 8371 8455
A website designed for young people by young people who have been bereaved (part of Cruse Bereavement Care).
Helpline: 0808 808 1677
Lifeline (Northern Ireland)
Lifeline is the Northern Ireland crisis response helpline service for people who are experiencing distress or despair.
Helpline: 0808 808 8000
Samaritans provides confidential, non-judgmental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. Its services are offered by telephone, email, letter and face to face in most of its branches.
Helpline: 116 123
Sands (Stillbirth and neonatal death charity)
Sands is a voluntary organisation that offers support to parents if their baby dies during pregnancy or after birth. Many of its volunteers have been through this experience themselves, and help is offered not only to parents but also to other family members, especially other children and grandparents. The organisation offers telephone advice, a web forum, and has 90 local groups.
Helpline: 0808 164 3332
An organisation for people aged 50 or under when their partner died, WAY has a support group, and its website has links to other relevant sites.
Winston’s Wish is a childhood bereavement charity that offers services to bereaved children, young people and their families, as well as to anyone concerned about a grieving child. It has a helpline and provides residential weekends for children and young people.
Helpline: 08088 020 021
Financial support for funeral costs
This organisation offers financial support for families struggling to meet the cost of a child’s funeral. Applications need to be made before the funeral arrangements are finalised.
Helpline: 01480 276088
Turn2us is a free service that helps people in financial need to access benefits, charitable grants and other financial assistance.
Helpline: 0808 802 2000
Other useful websites
By registering with this free service, the name and address of the person who has died is removed from mailing lists, stopping most unwanted direct mail within six weeks.
Helplines: 020 7089 6403 or 0800 082 1230 (automated registration service)
This UK Care Guide ‘Dealing with Bereavement – 21 Important things to Consider’ sets out the key issues that you need to deal with when dealing with a bereavement and also points you in the direction of people that can help you.
Our website contains a wealth of information to help and support you. If you are not able to find the answer to a specific question, feel free to contact us using the form at the bottom of the page or by emailing or calling us. We are here to help.