While we firmly believe nature to be an extraordinary healer, when it comes to the dreadful pain of losing someone we dearly love, sometimes a little more help can be very valuable. Here is a list of organisation that offer support and advice.
AGE UK is a charity providing valuable advice about all aspects of ageing and end of life issues. This may be a good starting point: When Someone Dies.
The Bereavement Advice Centre helps with practicalities, such as what to do when someone dies, arranging a funeral, and coping with the legal and financial issues that arise, including social security benefits. They can be reached on (freephone) 0800 634 9494
Lasting Post is a web-based voluntary organisation offering comprehensive help with grief and bereavement, from practical guidance about arranging a funeral, through to advice and support for those coping following a loved one’s death.
The Counselling Directory provides a counselling support network, enabling those in distress to find a counsellor close to them and appropriate for their needs. It is a free, confidential service that will hopefully encourage those in distress to seek help. Every counsellor has submitted their qualifications and insurance cover to the Directory administration, or is registered with a professional body online with recognised codes of ethics and practice, so you can be assured of their professionalism.
Oxfordshire SANDS is a volunteer-led group dedicated to providing help and support for anyone affected by the death of a baby. We are a local branch of Sands (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death charity), and cover the Oxfordshire region including the area covered by the John Radcliffe (Oxford) and Horton (Banbury) hospitals. We offer a befriender service and also hold informal group meetings once every two months in Bicester. We have a quarterly newsletter and we also host a number of awareness and fundraising events throughout the year. Please visit our website for further information. www.oxfordshiresands.org.uk
The Samaritans provides an extraordinary service. Their volunteers are there for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you can talk and be heard.
www.samaritans.org/ National: 08457 909090 | Banbury: 01295 270000 | Stratford upon Avon: 01789 298866
The Bereavement Journey is a six-week course for anyone who has lost someone significant in their lives, whether recently or even several years ago. It takes place at The Well Christian Healing Centre in Leamington Spa, but is suitable for anyone with or without a Christian faith.
Refuge in Grief is a website that has many creative and useful ideas.
UK Care Guide has advice for those who have suffered a bereavement, particularly with respect to practicalities and finances.