Bereavement services

Losing a friend or relative is a tough experience to go through and people react to grief in different ways. Here, we have provided details of some of the key support that is available to you.

National support

  • The government has produced some support for the bereaved which contains Information to help bereaved families, friends or next of kin make important decisions. This has been translated into a number of different languages.
  • Thrive LDN has put together a resource pack to support you if you are grieving the sudden death of someone close to you, or if you are supporting someone going through sudden bereavement. 
  • The Coroners’ Courts Support Service has also produced a helpline leaflet and a bereavement support pack.

Local support

We have produced a series of guidance packs to support people through the bereavement process, which is made even more challenging during the pandemic. There are three guides available, as follows:

  • How to prepare for the death of a friend or relative: helps people understand what to expect when someone is near the end of their life, provides tips on practical care and information on where to go for further support. 
  • What to do if a friend or relative dies: provides practical advice on areas such as arranging a funeral, looking after an individual’s personal affairs and caring for their pets. 
  • Where to go for bereavement support: a list of organisations for people to reach out for support at any stage of the grieving process. It includes national, local and specialist organisations, along with contact details.