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Bereavement Support

Bereavement effects everyone in different ways, listed below are just some of the organisations that can offer information and support through this difficult period of your life.

At the end of this listing there is information on how to register a death, arranging a funeral, help with funeral costs and the Tell Us Once Service.

What support is available for parents?

The Compassionate Friends –is an organisation of bereaved parents and their families offering understanding, support and encouragement to others after the death of a child or children. They also offer support, advice and information to other relatives, friends and professionals who are helping the family.

A Child of Mine - This website was set up by parents whose son died from neuroblastoma in 2010. It aims to make a difference to bereaved parents and their families by providing accurate, up to date information, guidance and signposting after the death of a child.

The Child Death Helpline is 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. Free-phone: 0800 282 986

The Willow Room is a support group of people in the Reading area, who have lost babies at various stages. Each has very different experiences to share and felt comforted in talking to, and supporting each other through this life shattering experience.

Rainbow Pregnancy Support a specialist support group for couples in pregnancy after loss.

What support is available for children experiencing bereavement?

Daisy's Dream - supports children and their families both facing and following bereavement throughout Berkshire and the surrounding areas.

Winstons Wish - a charity which supports bereaved children and young people.

Hopeagain is a website designed for young people by young people. It is part of Cruse Bereavement Care's Youth Involvement Project, to support young people after the death of someone close.

Grief Encounter - When a child’s parent or significant loved one dies, their lives change forever.  As well as the sadness they feel, they are often left confused and full of fear and anxiety. Grief Encounter helps families address difficult issues such as death and help make sense of the hurt and confusion.

Seeds of Hope - a children's garden for every season, to bring comfort; visit it for real in Guildford, Surrey and online where you can plant a flower in the Memory Meadows.

The NHS have pages on their website dedicated to bereavement support. Children and Bereavement  ~ Bereavement in Pregnancy  ~ Losing Partners or Child ~ Coping With Bereavement

What support is available for everyone?

Much Loved - online memorials and tributes for loved ones who have died. 

Cruse - a national charity, which helps people cope after someone close to them has died, exists to promote the well-being of bereaved people and to enable anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. Services are free. The charity provides support and offers information, advice, education and training services.

Counselling Directory - Bereavement. Find a counsellor or psychotherapist dealing with Bereavement.  Everyone’s experience of grief and loss is unique. It is normal to feel sad and even angry when a person close to us dies or leaves. People can experience similar feelings when a relationship ends.  Mourning is a ‘cycle of loss’ which often includes denial, fear, loneliness, grief, anger and letting go. It is a painful process but allows us to come to terms with the loss.  Grief, although normal, can manifest itself differently in people. Some people move through its different stages almost effortlessly and others can get stuck at one stage.  For these there is the possibility of grief turning into depression as the feelings turn inwards to despair. Click here for more details.

The Bereavement Trust – Free national phone line open every evening 6pm to 10pm. Helpline – 0800 435 455

Royal Berkshire Hospital Bereavement Service.
The Bereavement team offers support to the relatives and friends of people who have died in the emergency ward, the Royal Berkshire Hospital have produced this useful booklet. Emergency Ward Bereavement

Samaritans Reading
The Samaritans of Reading, 59A  Cholmeley Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3NB Tel: 0118 926 6333. Facilities for visitors with disabilities, phone for details. Usual hours open to receive callers at the door: 09:00 - 22:00 seven days a week. A 24 hour national help line service is available 365 days a year Tel: 08457 90 90 90.

Dying Matters is a coalition of 30,000 members across England and Wales which aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life.

What support is available for professionals?

The Childhood Bereavement Network is a national, multi-professional federation of organisations and individuals working with bereaved children and young people. They believe that all children have the right to information, guidance and support to enable them to manage the impact of death on their lives.

Sudden ~ Supporting People After Sudden Death is a global charitable initiative by Brake, the road safety charity, sharing best practice, research and resources among professionals and carers who work with suddenly bereaved people.

How do you register a death?

Registering a death usually takes place in the local authority where the death took place. For more details on the procedure in the Reading Borough area please use the following link to the main RBC website. Registering a death

Reading registry office can also help you access the Tell Us Once Service. For details of what information you will need to give the service and which organisations they will contact on your behalf. Tell Us Once Service

You can also find details of crematorium and grave yard costs, contact details for local funeral directors etc. Reading Crematorium and Cemeteries

For an explanation of when a coroner might become involved, and the process this takes. Please view the section on the RBC website. Coroners

There is a useful publication on the UK Government website which gives you practical advice entitled “What to do after someone dies”. www.gov.uk/after-a-death.

How to register a death if it is outside the area you live, or overseas? Please use the following link. www.gov.uk/register-a-death

You may be eligible to Bereavement Support Payment (BSP) if your husband, spouse or civil partner has died on or after 6th April 2017, this has replaced new claims to Bereavement Benefits BB. The following link has more information. www.gov.uk/bereavement-support-payment

There may be some financial help with funeral costs depending on your personal circumstances.  www.gov.uk/funeral-payments

For practical independent funeral advice and information about natural burial sites, contact the Natural Death Centre www.naturaldeath.org.uk

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