Winston's Wish Charity
The Winston’s Wish Freephone National Helplineis a vital support tool for those coping with bereavement. It is manned by trained clinical practitioners and is free and confidential. Call 08088 020 021 for free advice and support.
Cruse Bereavement Support

The Cruse Bereavement Care Freephone National Helpline is staffed by trained bereavement volunteers, who offer emotional support to anyone affected by bereavement.

Our volunteers are here to help you talk things through. They can also help you find your local Cruse service, or signpost you to other services and useful sources of information.

The helpline is open Monday-Friday 9.30-5pm (excluding bank holidays), with extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, when we’re open until 8pm. 

The number is 0808 808 1677​

Due to the volume of emails our email service is currently closed. We hope to open this service again very soon.

Very occasionally we may record or listen in to a small number of calls for quality or training purposes, but this is not something we do regularly or routinely.

Bereavement - useful contacts

These organisations provide further information and support about bereavement:

Bereaved Through Alcohol and Drugs (BEAD)
Information and support for anyone bereaved through drug or alcohol use.

Bereavement Advice Centre
0800 634 9494
Supports bereaved people on a range of practical issues via a single freephone number.

Bereavement Trust
0800 435 455
Helpline for people who are experiencing bereavement.

Child Bereavement UK
Helpline: 0800 028 8840
Supports families and provides training to professionals both when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.

Cruse Bereavement Care
0808 808 1677
Advice to anyone who has been affected by a death, including bereaved military families.

Child Death Helpline
0800 282 986
Helpline for anyone affected by the death of a child of any age, from prebirth to adult, under any circumstances, however recently or long ago.

Lullaby Trust
0808 802 6868
Provides support for bereaved families and anyone affected by a sudden infant death.

NHS Choices
Information on bereavement.

Royal College of Psychiatrists
Information on bereavement.

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS)
0300 111 5065                       
A self-help, voluntary organisation which aims to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend.