Grief, loss and bereavement - useful organisations
Get details of organisations that can help if you or someone living with dementia is feeling grief, loss or bereavement.
- Grief, loss and bereavement when a person has dementia
- Feelings after a diagnosis and as dementia progresses
- Supporting a person with dementia during a bereavement
- Feelings after a person with dementia has died
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Grief, loss and bereavement
0800 678 1602 (advice line, 8am–7pm)
Wales – Age Cymru
0300 303 4498 (advice line, 9am–4pm Monday–Friday)
Northern Ireland – Age NI
0808 808 7575 (advice service, 9am–5pm Monday–Friday)
Age UK, Age Cymru and Age NI provide information, advice and services for older people, including services to combat loneliness.
At a Loss
At a Loss are a signposting organisation for people who have been bereaved. They also provide a free, online counselling service called GriefChat.
Bereavement Advice Centre
0800 634 9494 (helpline, 9am–5pm Monday–Friday)
Bereavement Advice Centre is a free helpline and online information service. It gives practical information and advice on the issues and procedures after a person dies.
0300 772 9600
Carers Trust works to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend.
0808 808 7777 (helpline, 9am–6pm Monday–Friday)
Carers UK provides information and advice about caring, alongside practical and emotional support for carers.
Cruse Bereavement Support
0808 808 1677 (helpline, 9.30am–5pm Monday and Friday, 9.30am–8pm Tuesday–Thursday, 10am–2pm Saturday and Sunday)
Cruse Bereavement Support promotes the wellbeing of bereaved people, and to enable anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. They provide counselling and support, information, advice, education and training services.
0800 888 6678 (helpline, 9am–9pm Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm Saturday and Sunday)
Dementia UK provides specialist dementia support for families through its Admiral Nurse service.
Dying Matters is a national coalition that aims to change public knowledge, attitudes and behaviours towards dying, death and bereavement. They produce information to help people talk about death, dying and bereavement. You can search for local services via the website.
The Good Grief Trust
The Good Grief Trust is a bereavement support website that signposts to a wide range of immediate, tailored local and national support.
The UK government website has a search function to find local bereavement services by postcode.
020 7520 8200
Hospice UK is a national charity for hospice care. They have details of hospices across the UK, some of which may be able to provide bereavement services.
0800 319 6789 (helpline, 8.30am–6.30pm Monday–Friday)
Independent Age provides information and advice for older people, their families and carers. They have an online service called GriefChat where you can chat directly to a specially trained bereavement counsellor.
116 123 (24 hours, seven days a week)
Samaritans offers a safe, confidential phone line providing non-judgemental emotional support. This is for people with feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide.
0808 164 4572
Sue Ryder support people who are living with a terminal illness or a neurological condition, or who are bereaved. They have local services and also offer online bereavement support.
0808 8020 021 (helpline, 9am–5pm Monday–Friday)
Winston’s Wish supports bereaved children, young people, their families and the professionals who support them.
Our information is based on evidence and need, and is regularly updated using quality-controlled processes. It is reviewed by experts in health and social care and people affected by dementia.
Reviewed by: Dr Jacqueline Crowther, Admiral Nurse, Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline, Dementia UK, Jane Chatterjee, Lecturer in Palliative Care, St Gemma’s Hospice and Dr Remy Marckus, Clinical Psychologist.
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