The following organisations provide further guidance and support after a sudden death. They are listed in alphabetical order.
Many hospital chaplaincies employ staff or volunteers from different faith groups, who will be able to provide insights into beliefs and practices that may be observed after a death. Your local Temple, Gurdwara, Synagogue or Mosque may also be able to provide advice.
Your local GP will also be able to signpost you to local services available in your area.
Sudden is a charitable initiative for suddenly bereaved people and the people caring for them.
The vision of Sudden is a world where everyone suddenly bereaved gets the help they need at a time of darkness to move forwards to a brighter day. Our mission is to ease the suffering of people bereaved by any kind of sudden death.
Road safety charity Brake’s National Road Victim Service is for people living in the UK who have been bereaved or who have suffered a serious injury in a road crash either in the UK or abroad.
The service is also available to anyone who supports someone bereaved or injured in a road crash, including carers, faith workers and teachers.
The National Road Victim Service supports bereaved children below the age of 16 via adult carers and professionals using the service. We support families with children by providing information and by liaising with specialist child bereavement support services.
Grief Encounter supports bereaved children and their families through its ‘grieftalk’ helpline, instant chat, and email. It also provides training and resources for professionals supporting people after bereavement.
T: 0808 802 0111 (grieftalk helpline operates Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm)
Hope Again is the youth website of Cruse Bereavement Care. It is a safe place where young people can learn from other young people, how to cope with grief, and feel less alone. The website provides information about services, a listening ear from other young people and advice for any young person dealing with the loss of a loved one.
Nip in the Bud encourages awareness about mental health disorders in young children. A series of films plus downloadable factsheets give information about the behaviours common in different conditions in children, along with explanations and information on how to follow up and get help.
Sands provides bereavement support services nationally through its Freephone helpline, mobile app, online community and resources, and locally through a UK-wide network of around 100 regional support groups.