Child Bereavement Support Organisations
Supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.
Support Line: 0800 028 8840
Winston’s Wish is the leading childhood bereavement charity providing services to bereaved children, young people and their families.
Helpline: 08088 020 021
Compassionate Friends offer 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.
Helpline: 0345 123 2304 Open daily 10am to 4pm and 7pm – 10pm.
SANDS is working to support bereaved parents and families, and to press for improvements in care during pregnancy and when a baby has died. There are around 100 support groups throughout the UK, 12 of which are in Scotland. The groups offer support to bereaved parents, all Sands befrienders are trained by Sands, are volunteers, and are parents who have lost a baby at any stage during pregnancy or shortly after birth; they offer a befriending rather than a counselling service but can direct parents to other services if required.
Helpline: 0808 164 3332
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.
Helpline: 0800 282986
The Twins Trust B is a parent to a parent support group run by bereaved parents. All BSG supporters are volunteers and are parents who have lost a baby or babies during multiple pregnancies or at any stage after birth; they offer a befriending rather than a counselling service, although BSG does have access to professional support if required.
Care for the Family’s Bereaved Parent Support offers hope and comfort to those who have lost a child through their telephone befriending service. All telephone befrienders have experienced the pain of loss first hand, but have also begun the journey towards hope and rebuilding. Useful resources can be found on their website as well as online events and a regular email newsletter.
Tel: 029 2081 0800
Hope Again is the youth website of Cruse Bereavement Care. It is a safe place where you can learn from other young people, how to cope with grief, and feel less alone.
Helpline: 0808 808
Provides support after the loss of a child. Their trained female volunteers can provide a free and confidential environment for this, they provide face to face and telephone support in multiple languages. Volunteers provide guidance in accordance with the Qur’an and Ahadeeth on the bereavement process, with advice on prayers and other religious aspects.
Helpline: 020 3468 7333
We offer a wide range of services, which are carefully tailored to suit the individual needs of the child and their family. Every enquiry we receive is personally followed up by our highly experienced Bereavement Co-ordinator, Malcolm, who through an initial phone conversation assesses how best to support the child or young person. This can include providing specialist books to help a child understand what the death of a loved one means and to understand their emotions. For some families this might be all the support they need but others may access many more of the services on offer.
We recognise that every child is different and we believe that with appropriate support, information and guidance all children and young people will manage their grief.
Helpline: 01224 554152
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