Emotional Support

When the death of a loved one occurs, there are many issues to consider. We hope that the information below will help you through what is a very difficult time.

A Bereavement Guide has been prepared by a group of Registration Officers employed in Northumberland.

Our aim is to give helpful advice and guidance to relatives who have recently suffered the loss of a loved one.

Emotional support

There are many organisations that can help you following bereavement with both practical and emotional support.

Below you will find details of some of the organisations that might be useful to you at this sad and difficult time:


The GOV.UK website provides a complete overview of the issues relating to dealing with the death of your loved one and the necessary steps you are required to perform.

CRUSE Bereavement Care

A website dedicated to helping everyone come to terms with your loss, regardless of age, race or belief.
Tel: 0844 477 9400

The Samaritans

Someone to talk to who will listen and give support.

Age UK

A national organisation for older people
Tel: 0845 140 0088

Lesbian and Gay Bereavement Project

Support and advice to lesbians and gay men bereaved by the death of their life partner
Tel: 020 7403 5969

National Association of Widows

Offers information and support
Tel: 0845 838 2261

SSAFA Forces Help

National Charity helping serving and ex-service men, women and their families in need
Tel: 0800 7314880

The WAY Foundation

Provides self-help and support for men and women widowed up to the age of 50, and their children
Tel: 0870 011 3450

The Citizens Advice Bureau

Provides help to people, to resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free independent and confidential advice

British Association of Cancer United Patients (Cancer BACUP)

Provides information, practical advice and emotional support to patients, their families and friends, and other bereaved by the illness
Tel: 0808 808 0000


Provides information, practical advice and emotional support to patients, their families and friends and others bereaved by the illness

The Terrence Higgins Trust

Charity providing help and support for anyone with or concerned about AIDS or HIV infection.
Tel: 0845 1221 200

Child Death Helpline

A helpline for all those affected by the death of a child of any age
Tel: 0800 282 98622

Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths

Support for families of a baby who has died suddenly
Helpline 0808 802 6868
General: 020 7802 320

The Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society (SANDS)

Offers support for bereaved parents and families when a baby dies at, or soon after, birth.
Helpline: 020 7436 5881

HTA Human Tissue Authority

License & inspect organisations that store and use human tissue for purposes such as research and patient treatment

British Organ Donor Society (BODY)

A self-help and support group of organ donors and those who have received organs and those whose relatives have died whilst awaiting or after organ transplant
Tel: 01223 893636

Road Peace

The UK’s national charity for road crash victims. Support to those bereaved or injured in a road crash.
Tel: 0845 4500355