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Bereavement support

There isn’t a right or wrong way to grieve, and everyone’s experience is different. Many people find talking to friends and family and seeking support can help them through the more difficult times.

Asking for help

After a bereavement, you may need practical or emotional support. If you need help, reach out to your friends and family. More than likely, they will want to help and provide support in any way they can. There may be additional support available in your community and there are lots of bereavement charities you can contact if you want to talk to someone about how you're feeling.

Online resources for grief and bereavement

We've partnered with Cruse to create useful videos and resources to support those going through a bereavement. If you or someone you know is grieving the loss of a loved one, download our guide for advice on how to provide the best help and support.

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Support with mental health after a bereavement

We're working with our partners Mind, SAMH and Inspire to help those affected by grief to access support for their mental health. If you need support with your mental health or know someone that does, please contact them using the links below.

Bereavement support for children

It can be very difficult for children to understand their own grief and tell adults how they're feeling when a loved one has died. We've worked together with charities to create resources which can help children work through these feelings and cope with loss.

More information on bereavement support available for children

Talking to children about bereavement

Bereavement groups

Many find comfort in sharing experiences with people who have also been bereaved. Bereavement support groups can help you meet new people, enjoy good conversation and help you know that you’re not alone. Contact your local Co-op funeral home to see if they run a bereavement group you could go along to.

Bereavement advice from experts

We’re committed to helping those who've experienced loss, which is why we've worked closely in partnership with The Mirror to capture expert advice from bereavement charities on how to help those who are grieving.

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Dealing with loss - Linda Magistris from the Good Grief Trust

Getting support - Rosie Weatherley from Mind

No timeline for grief - Andy Langford from Cruse Bereavement Care

Bereavement charities

There are various charities and organisations that support people who are dealing with specific incidents of loss. They offer advice and information, and many have local groups set up for people to meet others who are going through similar experiences, helping to eliminate feelings of isolation and instead bringing assistance and comfort.