Coping with bereavement

You may feel that you need to talk with someone sympathetic who is outside your immediate family, or with other people who have been through a similar experience. In addition to ministers of religion and hospital chaplains, there are a number of organisations that offer this kind of support.

Bereavement guide

We know just how difficult a time it can be when someone close to us dies. The feelings of shock, sadness, loss and bewilderment can take over our lives. It is also a time when there are so many things to be done, just when we feel least able to do them.

The Council’s Registration and Bereavement service has produced this bereavement guide to help you through this difficult time. It provides guidance, support and reassurance and will help you to access all the information you will need to help you through your bereavement.

Read our Bereavement guide for further information.

Death registration

When you register the death, the registrar will be able to offer advice about local services that are available. The registrar will also offer you the Tell Us Once service which makes it easier to let other organisations know that your loved one has died.

Natural Death Centre

Provides the only independent funeral advice service in the UK. Provides help with DIY and environmentally friendly funerals. Visit the Natural Death Centre website.

GOV.UK – Death and Bereavement

The GOV.UK website provides information about wills and probate, benefits, property and money; and what to do after death. Visit the GOV.UK website.

Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse Bereavement Care is a free service to promote the well being of bereaved people and to enable anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. Visit the Cruse Bereavement Care website.

National Association of Funeral Directors

Contains extensive information on the Association, including the latest news, details about the kind of services you can expect to receive from Members, education programmes and the pre-payment funeral plan. Visit the National Association of Funeral Directors website.

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