Resources: coping with bereavement
Handling bereavement: Dying Matters resources
Leaflet aimed at helping concerned relatives or friends understand what a bereaved person might need and want.
Handling bereavement - external organisations
Information about what you can expect during end of life care and the things you may want to think about.
Practical and emotional support at the end of life and through bereavement.
Information and advice on how to maintain quality of life with a terminal diagnosis through cancer.
Provides information and support for anyone experiencing grief and bereavement
Covers everything from emotional topics such as coping with a loved one's terminal illness to practical matters such as organising a burial at sea; also legal affairs relating to a death to special circumstances surrounding the loss of a loved one.
Provides a wide range of advice to support older people and their families, including at the end of life. It covers issues relating to finance, planning for death, advice and support for carers.
Practical information about the grieving process, both for those who are going through it and those who want to help someone cope.
Bereavement counsellor Sarah Smith describes some of the feelings that can arise from losing someone, and where you can go for help and support.
Practical advice and emotional support for people who have cancer or those close to them.
A charity providing support to people in the Oxford and London areas who have lost loved ones to cancer.
Help following a traumatic, sudden or violent death or suicide
Victim Support offers support to families bereaved by murder or manslaughter throughout the United Kingdom.
SAMM offers help and support to families and friends who have been bereaved through murder and manslaughter. All of their support volunteers have been bereaved in a similar way.
Provides practical and emotional support and counselling for the families and friends of murder and suicide victims.
This group exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend.
Looks at the grief process following a sudden death and offers advice for coping.
Offers information on coping with police and media involvement, how you can help yourself or find further information.
National charity which supports anyone involved in road traffic accident, and their families.
National organisation which campaigns to improve road safety. Provides confidential helpline.
Practical suggestions to anyone affected by a suicide towards healing.
Local support groups and a national helpline for people affected.
Advice to help you cope emotionally and practically.
A resource for people bereaved by suicide and other sudden, traumatic death.
Support for military families
A guide to what happens, and what support the bereaved can expect from the Armed Forces and others, following a death in Service.
Provide practical, emotional and financial support to anyone who is serving or has ever served and their families.
Offers comfort, support and friendship to the widows, widowers and children of service men and women and helps them resolve some of the difficulties they may face after the death of their spouse.
24 hour help-line for anyone in distress.
Confidential help line for children, young adults and adults
Provides help and advice for victims and witnesses of crime.
A comprehensive resource for survivors of suicide as well as for medical staff.
Offers insight, guidance and essential information to anyone whose life has been affected by suicide.
Information and advice on how to cope with the aftermath of suicide.
Widows and widowers
Offers emotional and practical support to widowed men and women aged 51 and under.
Information for people with learning disabilities and their carers
Distribute a range of Easy Read booklets about cancer for people with learning disabilities. These can be ordered for free from the Macmillan website.
Support following the death of a child
Offers confidential support to anyone affected by the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or young toddler.
Self-help bereavement organisation for families grieving the death of a child.
Support families and educate professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.
A helpline for anyone affected by the death of a child of any age, from pre-birth to adult, under any circumstances, however recently or long ago. Open every day of the year.
Offers support for bereaved parents including a befriending service and a 24-hour support line manned by fellow bereaved parents.
Resources for bereaved children
Read about the importance of discussing death and dying with children, and how they react to pain and loss.
Supports bereaved children and young people and offers an online catalogue of useful books and resources.
Offers a helpline, e-counselling and an interactive memory board for sharing reminiscences.
Recommended reading for bereaved children
By popular children's author Debi Gliori, this illustrated book aims to gently explain death to very young children.
What makes former children's Laureate Michael Rosen most sad is thinking about his son, Eddie, who died at 19. He writes about how it affects him and some of the things he does to try and cope with it.
Based on a true story, this book explains sudden death to very young children in a way they can understand.
Join Suzie as she says goodbye to grandma; a book to help young children understand the process of a funeral and to show that they will live on in our memories forever.
Earl A. Grollman, the award-winning author of 'Living When a Loved One Has Died', explains what to expect when you lose someone you love.
Child Bereavment UK has a recommended list of books for adults supporting bereaved children. It can be found here.
Information for prisoners and their families
Offers support and advice for prisoners with cancer, and other illnesses, who are likely to die within the next few months.
Finding a counsellor
Offers a register of counsellors and psychotherapist who belong to a register approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
- Coping with bereavement
- Self-help strategies for bereaved people
- Dealing with sudden or violent death
- Finding professional support
This content has been funded by Macmillan Cancer Support.