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These are organisations, government bodies and charities that may have resources, helplines and free guides to help you cope with the practical and emotional issues you may face when someone dies.

If your local council offers the Tell Us Once service, you can register the death online:www.gov.uk/tell-us-once.

Adult bereavement , befriending and support

Cruse Bereavement face-to-face individual and group support. Helpline: 0844 477 9400

Widowed And Young (WAY) offers peer to peer support for those who tragically lose their partner before their 51st birthday.

Age UK has free online guides to help with grief and bereavement, as well as a befriending service (T) 0800 169 6565

Mind is a mental health charity offering support and information on bereavement and grief. (T) 0300 123 3393.

Loss of a child

Child Bereavement UK providing bereavement support to families grieving the loss of a child (E) support@childbereavementuk.org  (T) 0800 028 8840

The Compassionate Friends provides specialist support to people grieving the death of young children  Helpline: 0845 123 2304

The Lullaby Trust  (previously Foundation for the Study of Sudden Infant Death)

For children and young people

Grief Encounters providing bereavement counselling for young persons

Child Bereavement UK providing bereavement support for children and young persons
(E) support@childbereavementuk.org  (T) 0800 028 8840

Winston's Wish provides support and services to bereaved young children and their families throughout the UK. Helpline : 08452 03 04 05

Support for families affected by Suicide

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide  (T) 0300 111 5065           
The Maytree Suicide Respite Centre    (T) 0207 263 7070      
Care for The Family                                (T) 0292 081 0800      

Practical maters

Bonny Downs provides The Drop In Bereavement Centre with advocacy for individuals who have issues on benefits, housing etc.

What to do when someone dies Provides an overview of what to do in the first few days after someone dies.

Wills, probate and inheritance When someone dies, you’ll need to get the legal right to deal with their property, money and possessions (their ‘estate’)

Age UK factsheet on Inheritance Tax and dealing with the estate 

Money Advice Service Provides a check list  of what-to-do-when-someone-dies.

To find a solicitor visit the Law Society website (T)  020 7242 1222.

Free legal information and guidance is also available from Community Legal Services

To find out if you qualify for Legal Aid call the Civil Legal Advice service on 0845 345 4345

The National Association of Funeral Directors can help find a funeral director near you (T)  0845 230 1343.

The National Society of Allied & Independent Funeral Directors has a list of independent funeral directors (T) 0845 230 6777.

The British Humanist Association lists humanist (non-religious) funeral celebrants (T) 020 7324 3060.

The Natural Death Centre has advice, information and resources for those planning to organise a funeral themselves (T) 01962 712690.

To find lost bank and saving accounts Free service to find lost bank and savings accounts,

Find a tax accountant through the Chartered Institute of Taxation 

Find out what short-term financial help is available after bereavement

Turn2us a charity that helps people in financial (T) 0808 802 2000.

The Citizen's Advice Bureau offers advice from trained and professional volunteers. (T) 08454 040506


For all enquiries Tel: 0207 511 6444 or click here to contact us 

The Drop In Bereavement Centre is a Registered Charity No. 1161526                      





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