Dealing with bereavement

The death of a loved one can be a difficult and confusing time with many unfamiliar decisions needing to be made. The government provides a step by step guide of what to do when someone dies.

This list of national organisations that can offer support and advice for those dealing with a bereavement.

The Department of Work and Pensions

The Department of Work and Pensions provides a range of bereavement benefits to help assist with the costs of bereavement and funeral expenses.

For further information, contact the DWP Bereavement Service helpline on 0800 731 0469.

Further information is available about the Children's Funeral Fund, or contact the DWP.

Cruse Bereavement Care

Is a national charity offering support, advice, and information to people dealing with a bereavement. Support is offered by telephone, email, online and face-to-face. Services are provided by trained volunteers and is confidential and free. Their support can be accessed online or by telephone on their helpline 0808 808 1677.

At a Loss

For support and services specific to your local area, visit the At a Loss website where you can search for organisations in your area that you may find helpful during this time.

Rehab 4 Addiction

Rehab 4 Addiction offers a wealth of resources and information about addiction and mental health, which could be invaluable to those in need following a bereavement and provides a helpline that offers immediate assistance to those struggling with addiction, a service that could be life-saving.

The organisation also offers a comprehensive directory of treatment centres throughout the UK, making it easier for those in need to find help near them.


For support following the death of a baby before, during or shortly after birth, The Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society (SANDS) can be contacted online or by telephone at 020 7436 5881.


Samaritans is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for anyone dealing with the mental health issues that can arise following a death of a loved one. They can be reached online at or by telephone at 08457 909 090.