Welcome to the Good Grief Trust
We’re so sorry you had to find us, but we want you to know that you're not alone and we will try our best to guide you in the right direction. We offer our heartfelt condolences to anyone who has suffered a bereavement under any circumstance.
All of us at The Good Grief Trust have lost someone we love, so we want to help you find the support you need as quickly as possible. You will find stories from others who have had a similar loss, practical and emotional support and signposting to a choice of immediate tailored local and national support on each of our pages below.
Our hope is that you find useful information, helplines, advice and encouraging stories from others to help you in this most difficult of times and to find a way forward with your life.
Here you will find practical help and tips from us which may help you now.
FIND YOUR NEAREST SUPPORT SERVICE:
The FLACSS group of specialist support services is built up of member organisations who aim to provide assistance to all affected by death in unforeseen circumstances.
Visit this page for important information you may like to read now which could help straight away.
EVERY YEAR BETWEEN THE 2ND AND 8TH OF DECEMBER WE LAUNCH OUR
NATIONAL GRIEF AWARENESS WEEK CAMPAIGN
To raise awareness of the impact of grief and loss on a national platform at a difficult time of year for so many of us who are bereaved
During the week, we have many #BETTERTOGETHER CAFES opening across the UK,
please join us for a coffee and meet others in your local area
For a full listing of events, click here:
'Grief can be complicated, but access to support should never be'
Do you need to speak to someone now?
24 HOUR SUPPORT LINES
|Samaritans||116 123 (UK)||For anyone at anytime for any reason|
|Childline||0800 1111||Support for 18yrs & under and their relatives|
|Silverline||0800 470 8090||Support for the over 50's|
DAY/EVENING SUPPORT LINES
|National Bereavement Partnership Helpline||0800 448 0800||7am and 10pm for emotional support.|
|Cruse||0808 808 1677||Nationwide bereavement support|
|Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland||0808 802 6161||Mon - Fri 9am-8pm and Sat/Sun 1-4pm|
|Child Bereavement UK||0800 02 88840||Helpline (9 - 5pm)|
|Child Death Helpline||0800 282 986|
0808 800 6019
|Every evening 7-10pm|
Mon/Thurs / Fri - 10am - 1pm
Tues/Wed - 10am - 4pm
|Grief Talk||0808 802 0111||Support for anyone to Grieftalk from any phone for free|
Monday to Friday 9am - 9pm
Have a 1-2-1 CHAT live session with a Grieftalk counsellor
|Bereavement Advice Centre||0800 634 9494||Practical advice (9 - 5pm)|
|Bereavement Trust||0800 435 455||Emotional and practical advice (6 - 10pm)|
|DrugFam||0300 888 3853||Drug and Alcohol addiction |
The helpline line is available between 9am and 9pm seven days a week.
|Sands||0808 164 3332||10am-3pm Mon to Fri daytimes and 6pm-9pm Tues to Thurs evenings|
Free confidential helpline for anyone affected by pregnancy loss or the death of a baby.
|Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide||0300 111 5065||9am-9pm every day|
|Breathing space Scotland Helpline for when it becomes difficult to cope||0800 838587|
Monday to Thursday - 6pm - 2am
Friday 6pm - 6am
|The Compassionate Friends||0345 123 2304|
Open every day 10 am – 4 pm, 7-10 pm
|The Lullaby Trust||0808 802 6868|
Monday - Friday, 10 am – 5 pm
|Marie Curie||0800 090 2309||Open Monday - Friday, 8am – 6pm|
Open Saturday, 11am – 5pm on Saturday
Practical and clinical information and support on all aspects of end of life and bereavement.
|The Greater Manchester Suicide Bereavement Information Service|
|0161 983 0700||Open Monday – Friday, 10am-4pm|
What to do next…
Go to our 'Newly Bereaved' page where you'll find help from us to you.
At the Good Grief Trust, we know that listening to the stories of others who have been through a similar loss can help those of you who are grieving. Please watch our videos which we hope will offer comfort to you and advice to friends and family who are trying to support you
For the newly bereaved
Fiona Murphy MBE, Director of Nursing, Northern Care Alliance
What is grief?
How to help
You can’t fix it
Julia Samuel; "it isn't the circumstances of the death that will predict a positive or negative outcome,
it is the support they get at the time and after the death.
This is the key component to anybody finding a way to rebuild their life."
Linda Magistris CEO and Founder of The Good Grief Trust received the honour of being awarded the 'Points of Light' Award from 10 Downing Street in 2018.
Former Prime Minister Theresa May; “from a devastating personal tragedy you have created a tremendous force for good. The Good Grief Trust is providing vital resources for people experiencing bereavement, offering comfort, practical support and the knowledge that they are not alone.”
Filling a gap
Dame Esther Rantzen DBE talks about why she thinks the work of The Good Grief Trust is so important