Loss and Bereavement

Loss and bereavement

Losses include loss of significant person (bereavement), relationship, body image or function, health, sexual function, control or religious beliefs, loss of job, income, home, property or treasured objects, loss of plans, hopes and future dreams, loss or role, identity, independence, innocence, freedom, safety or loss of life.

In the video below young people explain how they have dealt with bereavement

Losing a Child
Losing a child is one of the most difficult things a parent can go through and seeking out bereavement counselling can help grieving parents find a source of comfort.
Cot Death

The Lullaby Trust provides specialist support for bereaved families and anyone affected by a sudden infant death.  go to:  https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/


Child Death Support Helpline

Anyone affected by the death of a child of any age, from pre-birth to adult, under any circumstances, however recently or long ago the Child Death Support helpline can offer support on – 0800 282 986.

The Bereavement Trust Helpline is available in the evenings 6pm – 10pm – 0800 435 455


A Bereaved Child

Winston’s Wish is the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK.

They offer practical support and guidance to bereaved children, their families and professionals.
Visit: www.winstonswish.org.uk



The Child Bereavement Network

Support families and educate professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. Click here!

Support and information helpline

They also provide confidential support, information and guidance to families and professionals. Their professionally trained bereavement support workers are available to take calls 9am – 5pm Monday-Friday.  Tel: 0800 02 888 40.


Coping with family life after the loss of a partner can be incredibly difficult. Grief affects people in different ways and it’s important that as well as supporting your children you have support for you.

Take time to talk with your children about your feelings as well as theirs. It’s likely that you and your family will need to adjust to a number of changes that will have an impact on your daily lives.
Click here for more!

Cruse Bereavement Care

For advice to anyone who has been affected by a death, including bereaved military families contact Cruse Bereavement Care on 0844 477 9400

The BBC's - A Widow's Tale

This booklet is for anyone whose partner has died recently. It’s for men and women, young and old, whether you were married or with a long-term partner and whether it was a heterosexual or same-sex relationship. Its aim is to offer you emotional and practical support.

Click here to access the document

A Helping Hand for those Bereaved by Suicide

People who have been bereaved by suicide have used their experiences to lead the revision of a support guide to help others affected by someone taking their own life.
visit:  www.gov.uk

Practical Assistance

For practical information on what to do after a death visit: www.gov.uk

Financial Help if you have been bereaved

A death in the family can cause money problems for those who are left. Whether the problems are short or long term, there is financial help available.  Find out more at: www.direct.gov.uk/WhatToDoAfterADeath

Registering a Death

When you are bereaved, registering a death may feel like a daunting task.  For more information on what to do next, wills and probate, benefits, property and money go to:

Wills and Probate

From making a will, what to do if someone dies and has not left a will, to giving you information on probate; what it is and how to apply for it visit:  www.gov.uk

Bereavement - A Self Help Guide

Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust have developed this self help guide which has been written by local healthcare professionals with contributions from other healthcare staff and service users from Northumberland. To access the guide click here and search for Bereavement.

If your Child is Taken into Care

If your child is taken into care because of a care order, your council will share responsibility for making most of the important decisions about your child’s upbringing, including:

  • Who looks after them?
  • Where they live?
  • How they are educated?

If you agree to your child becoming ‘looked after’ and there is no care order, you’ll continue to have parental responsibility for your child.  Read more here!

Support for parents

The Family Rights Group Advice Service helpline provides confidential support for parents:

Family Rights Group helpline Telephone: 0800 731 1696 Monday to Friday, 10am to 3:30pm


Relationship Breakdown

Why do breakups hurt so much, even when the relationship is no longer good? A divorce or breakup is painful because it represents the loss, not just of the relationship, but also of shared dreams and commitments. Romantic relationships begin on a high note of excitement and hope for the future. When these relationships fail, we experience profound disappointment, stress, and grief.  Go to helpguide.org to read more!

From resolving problems with your relationship to ending your marriage or civil partnership or what will happen to your money, property and possessions when your relationship ends www.direct.gov.uk will keep you informed.

Go to Shelter to work out what rights you have to your home if you split up with your partner, and provides information about welfare benefits and the rights of couples with dependent children.


Loosing your home

For advice when faced with losing your home and the steps required before repossession go to: www.nidirect.gov.uk

Loss of freedom

For information on being sentenced by a court or to access a quick guide to being sentenced by a court and useful advice if you know someone in prison.  Go to: www.direct.gov.uk

Going to prison – find housing advice in your area at:

Loss of Sexual Function

NHS choices gives information and advice for both men and women experiencing loss of sexual function.


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