The Good Grief Trust
The Good Grief Trust exists to help all those affected by grief in the UK. Our vision is to find the bereaved, acknowledge their grief and provide reassurance, a virtual hand of friendship and ongoing support.
Our central national database brings all UK bereavement services together around the country, to ensure that everyone receives a choice of tailored support from day one. With over half a million deaths in the UK every year, at some time in our lives ALL of us will be affected by grief and none of us know how we will react to the death of someone close until it happens.
- We are a solely voluntary charity, run by the bereaved, for the bereaved/
- We aim to bring bereavement into the 21st Century and offer a fresh new insight into the way grief is managed in our country.
- We aim to encourage talking about grief in a more honest, straightforward way, help to make the pain a little more bearable for those at the early stages and offer inspiration and hope to the bereaved to enable them to move forward with their lives.
- Our website has a growing central UK database of around 600 bereavement support organisations under one new umbrella. www.thegoodgrieftrust.org
- Our Good Grief card works along side the website, to signpost both the bereaved and those working with them directly to a choice of support, for any bereavement, anywhere in the country.
- We aim for this card to be given to every bereaved person in the UK to as soon as possible after the death
- Our card is being distributed via all hospitals, hospices, GPs, police, healthcare professionals, coroners, universities, schools, crematoria and so on.
- Our Good Grief Pop Up Cafes are being launched across the UK to bring communities together to share their grief and find new local friendships - (we aim for 100 Cafes in 2020).
- We instigated the formation of the All Party Parliamentary Group on
- Bereavement Support, with our Chair, Carolyn Harris MP, working with
- Government and bringing all UK charities and individual affected by grief together
- Our social media reach is extensive with over 22,000 followers
- Our Facebook community is an interactive online support service - with an average of 100,000 reach every month. Christmas 2018 our FB reach was 1 million.
The Swan Song Project
The Swan Song Project is a charity that supports people to celebrate life and leave unique legacies in song. Our team of songwriters work with people living with terminal illnesses or dealing with a bereavement to write and record their own original song. These songs can then live on providing comfort and joy for years to come. The Swan Song Project is based in Leeds but now offers its service nationwide. For more information visit www.swansongproject.co.uk.
Ray Of Light
We are a registered charity who provides practical and emotional support to Carers,friends and family affected by cancer. We offer Bereavement Support and help to reduce Social Isolation, covering Cardiff and Cwm Taf Morgannwg. We provide our craft and support groups remotely as-well as weekly telephone support. To offer a weekly call to see how everyone is has made a big difference, this has been a lifeline for so many who and are isolated, shielding and unfortunately also for end of life too.
Oasis and christchurch bereavement
Christ Church at Flackwell Heath, provides through its pastoral team, bereavement visiting and our OASIS group. If you are bereaved, and feel unable to talk to those closest to you, we offer home visits from a member of our visiting team, we will providing a confidential listening ear and give emotional help. OASIS is a bereavement self-help group offered by by Christ Church, and is open to all in the locality who have suffered any kind of bereavement, recently or some months or even years ago. It meets monthly, on the first and third Wednesday afternoons and second Wednesday evenings in the Church centre. Oasis provides a social opportunity alongside fun activities such as music, craft, talks etc. Everyone is valued equally and treated with sensitivity and respect. The church holds an Annual Remembrance Service, in November, for relatives and friends to remember loved Ones. Christ Church Chapel Road Flackwell Heath HP10 9NB 01628 533004 Charity 1132634 www.ccfh.org.uk
Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith Children’s Hospices care for babies, children, young people and young adults up to the age of 25 years who have life-threatening conditions and are not expected to live beyond 25 years of age. We offer counselling and bereavement support to anyone who has been affected by the death of a baby, child or young person (up to the age of 25 years when they died). Their death may have occurred in any circumstances. This support is available to children, young people and adults who live in Shropshire, Cheshire, Mid and North Wales. Our counselling service is free and confidential and you do not need to have had any prior contact with Hope House Children’s Hospices. Our counselling service is British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Accredited and is broadly person-centred. All our counsellors are registered or accredited members of the BACP. Registered Charity Number: 1003859 Tel: 01691 672618 (Hope House) & 01492 554443 (Tŷ Gobaith) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Web Address: - www.hopehouse.org.uk
A dedicated bereavement resource centre for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight providing counselling, Listening, Support Groups, Helpline, Friendship Service, Dementia and Loss, Suicide prevention and much more In response to demand across the two Counties we are also opening 15 new community hubs
2 wish upon a star
2 Wish Upon A Star support anyone affected by the sudden and unexpected death of a child or young person aged 25 and under. We are an All-Wales organisation working directly with every hospital and police force in Wales to ensure that no-one goes unsupported. Our primary focus is the immediate family who have lost their loved one; however, we also support extended family, friends, colleagues, professionals and witnesses. We provide memory boxes, immediate support, counselling, complementary therapy, play therapy, group support and residential weekends. We do not put a time limit on grief and, no matter when the death occurred, we will support someone at any stage of their grief journey.
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 through our helpline and resources.
GriefChat is a safe space for grieving or bereaved people to receive immediate and free support from a qualified online bereavement counsellor. In addition to this, GriefChat can help bereaved people to consider if they need additional support and provide guidance on where to source this. This service is free of charge and is open Monday-Friday, 09:00 - 21:00 (UK time) for anyone affected by grief of bereavement. You’ll find us at www.griefchat.co.uk
At A Loss
AtaLoss.org provides the UK’s signposting website for the bereaved. Widely used by local authorities, the government, NHS, Care England, the funeral industry, bereavement charities and organisations across the UK, the website offers easy and accurate signposting to national and local support services, as well as information and resources for anyone who has been bereaved. It hosts a free live chat counselling service and currently has dedicated pages for bereavement during the Covid-19 pandemic. The charity is also involved in a coalition project equipping churches and faith groups throughout the UK to provide bereavement support to their local communities.
Carers Information service
The Carers Information Service At the Carers Information Service, we offer information, advice and support to carers and former carers in Croydon. A carer looks after a friend, family member or neighbour who needs their help due to illness, disability or old age. Our Bereavement Service offers carers and former carers the following services: One to one Bereavement Counselling Currently by phone due to Covid-19 restrictions, these sessions are run by our BACP registered Carers Bereavement Counsellor. Bereavement Cafes Themed monthly bereavement cafes to encourage those grieving to share their feelings and to know that there are others who understand what they are going through. Isolation is often felt after a bereavement, and one of the aims of this service is to reduce feelings of loneliness. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this is currently operating via Zoom. Learning from Loss Groups A seven week programme offering carers and former carers the opportunity to explore their feelings during the themed sessions. For further information on these services, please contact our Carers Bereavement Counsellor, Tanya Fitzgerald, at firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 8649 6280 W: www.carersinfo.org.uk T: https://twitter.com/informingcarers
Seasons for growth
"Seasons for Growth is an evidence based peer support programme for children aged 5-19 years and adults who have experienced significant loss, change, or grief. This is an educative program to enable coping skills and enhance communication abilities following experiences such as death, separation, or divorce; or indeed any significant loss. Seasons for Growth is based on the belief that change, loss and grief are normal and valuable parts of life. It aims to produce a sense of resilience, personal growth and acceptance of change. Grief is a bewildering experience and can take many forms. The seasons in nature represent change, with good days and bad days. They occur in a cycle which we cannot alter or prevent from happening. Accessible and easily understood, the metaphor of the natural seasons – autumn, winter, spring and summer – provide participants in our programmes with a language which helps them to understand and learn from their grief experience."
CRY Ireland (Cardiac Risk in the Young) was founded in March 2002 by parents who had experienced the effects of sudden and unexplained death within their families. The objectives of CRY are: · To raise awareness of the condition known as Sudden Cardiac Death or Sudden Adult Death Syndrome through media campaigns and public information meetings. · Provide counselling and support to families affected through our Family Support Programme – if you would like to speak to someone please get in touch – email: email@example.com · Support the CRY Centre where families affected and individuals at risk can be evaluated. Contact: Address: The Cry Centre, Unit 14B, Tallaght Cross west, Dublin 24. Telephone: 01 414 2235 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For the Fallen
We are a Social Enterprise and not for profit organisation. Our goal is to raise awareness and give a voice to the families left behind by military suicides. For The Fallen strives for greater mental health support for serving soldiers, airmen and sailors including reservists and Commonwealth servicemen and women, veterans who leave the Armed Forces, their families and those directly impacted by the suicide. These families should have a powerful voice that is recognised as the key to suicide prevention. Awareness is also key because with improved knowledge comes greater understanding. We offer support group for family member who are directly affected by military suicide.
Held in our hearts
OWLS (Overcoming Worry, Loss and Sadness) Bereavement Service is funded by donations to the Jane Tomlinson Appeal. Founded in 2019, we support primary school-aged children and their families living in Leeds following the death of someone special. We provide family support in the form of our OWLS Lending Library and signposting to local adult services; we offer 1:1 psychoeducation for children so they can better understand grief and its effects; schools are supported through free training sessions for staff and workshops and assemblies for children; we run regular peer support activity days, where bereaved families can come together and build an informal, supportive network; we also have an experienced Dramatherapist who provides clinical support for children psychologically affected by their bereavement. All our services are provided free of charge, thanks to Jane Tomlinson Appeal fundraisers. Website: https://www.janetomlinsonappeal.com/owls Email: email@example.com Tel: 0113 433 3737
Project Eileen is a multimedia programme for UK secondary schools to help young people tackle the topic of death and grief. The charity seeks to raise awareness, address the stigma, combat isolation, build resilience and boost creativity.
Support After Murder&Manslaughter
SAMM (Support After Murder and Manslaughter) is a national, registered charity providing non-judgemental support to people bereaved through murder, manslaughter or terrorist attack. All our members and volunteers have been bereaved in this way so know the pain and trauma of coping with the aftermath of homicide.
Nova Foundation provides trauma informed comfort, anxiety and grief support to babyloss parents by running antenatal classes for babyloss parents that will in time fund trauma therapists.
Birmingham St Marys hospice
Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice provides a range of end of life care and support in people’s homes, in the community and at the Hospice, offering people more choice wherever and whenever they need it. In April 2020, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice launched a new bereavement telephone service, providing free one-to-one support to those who are 18+, living in Birmingham and Sandwell and are struggling with the loss of a loved one. Experienced volunteers will provide a safe, confidential place where an individual can talk through their thoughts and feelings without judgement. Individuals do not have to be a patient or family member known to the Hospice to access this support. This new service can be accessed by anybody who has been bereaved, no matter how the person died or how long ago the loss was. Individuals can refer themselves to the service by sending an email with their name and number to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Beth Hopkins, Bereavement Counsellor on 07966 165287. Professionals can also refer on behalf of their client by completing and submitting the referral form on our website: https://www.birminghamhospice.org.uk/bereavement-referral/”
Willowbrook hospice is a registered local charity that enables people facing life-limiting illnesses to have a better quality of life. Thanks to the support of the local community we are able to provide specialised care to local people when it matters most, without charge.
The Laura centre
"The Laura Centre is a bereavement counselling service for when a child dies or is bereaved. We offer counselling to adults who have been bereaved of a child of any age and counselling to children who have been bereaved of a parent or sibling. In response to the covid-19 pandemic, we have extended our remit to offer support to anyone who has been impacted by a covid-19 death. To find out more, please contact us on (0116) 2544341 or email@example.com The Laura Centre also has training packages in place to help staff support the needs of both bereaved children and adults. The training gives an excellent understanding of how to help someone express and understand their grief using interventions supported by Theories of Grief. Training packages can be tailored to address specific bereavement needs identified by your organisation, including the impact of Covid-19, trauma and general childhood anxiety. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss this further."
Yellow Hearts to remember
Yellow Hearts to Remember- Covid19 Facebook Support Group The Yellow Hearts to Remember campaign was founded by David Gompertz after the death of his much loved wife, Sheila Gompertz, due to Covid-19. David suggested that individuals who have been affected by loss during the coronavirus pandemic display a yellow heart in their window, to show how the country is covered with families that have lost somebody and been touched by this pandemic. The Yellow Heart has since become a national symbol of remembrance. The Gompertz family went on to create a Facebook group called ‘Yellow Hearts to Remember-Covid19’ so that grieving families have a place to share photos of their yellow hearts, personal experiences or just feel comfort in the fact that they are not alone. This Facebook group has grown to have over 6000 members. People come together to remember those who have so sadly died too soon and support those who have been left behind. We aim to ensure: -the nation is aware of the enormous personal tragedy we are experiencing -our loved ones are not just thought of as statistics -our loved ones are remembered -no one who has lost a loved one to coronavirus is alone We are thinking of you and when you are ready to talk, we are here to listen. Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/groups/yellowheartstoremember Hashtag; #loveforthelost
Advocacy After fatal Domestic Abuse
AAFDA has over 11 years of experience advocating for families after the homicide or suicide of their family member or friend, following domestic abuse. Our specialist and expert Advocates are highly trained and very knowledgeable in all aspects of domestic abuse and the processes following domestic homicide or suicide. All of our Advocates have direct experience of serious domestic abuse, domestic homicide, or suicide following domestic abuse. This means our service is peer informed If you have lost a member of your family or a friend through domestic homicide, or suicide following domestic abuse, we are here to help. What we do: • Listen to you with understanding and compassion. • Ensure your voice is heard. • Provide specialist & expert Advocates. • Use that expertise to advocate for you during domestic homicide reviews, Inquests, serious case reviews, mental health reviews, and similar inquiries. • Bring families together to share their story and benefit from peer support. Our service is independent, free of charge and led by you. Contact us via email@example.com or call 07768 386922 Or visit our website. www.aafda.org.uk
Penhaligon’s Friends is a Cornish charity supporting bereaved children, young people, parents and carers throughout the county. Celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, the charity offers children and young people the chance to meet others and share their experiences, as well as practical resources for children and parents. www.penhaligonsfriends.org.uk
Ripples of compassion
Ripples of Compassion was set up in memory of Ripely Olive Corless who died after a 9 month battle with acute myeloid leukaemia at the age of 2 in October 2017. We strive to ensure that all bereaved parents/carers and families that have a child that has died receive appropriate social, emotional and mental health support at the time they need it in a way that is accessible to them.
At the moment we have a bereavement team of staff and volunteers who are offering 1-1 telephone support for anyone connected to our patients and also anyone who has lost a loved one to Covid19. We do in the future hope to start offering peer support cafes around the area to support bereaved persons.
Jigsaw4u provides support to children, young people and families affected by cancer, life limiting illness or bereavement.
Fife Sands is part of Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity. Sands operates throughout the UK, supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby, working to improve the care bereaved parents receive, and promoting research and working closely with many different organisations to reduce the loss of babies’ lives. Fife Sands is a volunteer-led Group that works to support the charity’s vision aims in our area. As bereaved parents ourselves, we understand the pain and grief of when a baby dies. The support we offer can be accessed via telephone and email, and through support meetings and events with other bereaved families. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We are here to listen and offer our support.
Holding on Letting go
Providing bereavement support and advice for children and young people aged 6-16 and their families
As a thriving and developing charity and social enterprise, Listening Ear helps those who’ve been bereaved, suffered loss or experienced separation (including, through our Amparo service, those who have been affected by suicide).We’re proud of our services and our partnerships with local authorities, the NHS, schools, local businesses and the trusts and foundations that help fund our work. We’re equally proud of the staff and volunteers who help us deliver high quality therapy and support.
Raising awareness and funding research for Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood
KEMP Hospice Bereavement Service offers bereavement advice, support and signposting to residents in the Wyre Forest Area who are looking for help. We support adult, children and young people bereaved due to a variety of circumstances and are a useful point of contact for bereavement support across the whole Wyre Forest Community. We offer a series of free one-to-one counselling sessions to talk through your experience and the many varied aspects of grief and emotions surrounding it. We offer a safe, non-judgmental place for you to express your feelings to someone independent of your usual support network of friends and family.
WAY is the only national charity in the UK for people aged 50 or under when their partner died. It’s a peer-to-peer support group operating with a network of volunteers who have been bereaved at a young age themselves, so they understand exactly what other members are going through. WAY was founded in 1997 and now has more than 3,000 members across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. WAY aims to provide peer-to-peer emotional and practical support to young widowed people married or not, with or without children, whatever their sexual orientation – as they adjust to life after the death of their partner. WAY Widowed and Young Suite 14, College Business Centre Uttoxeter New Road Derby DE22 3WZ Registered Charity No: 1164988 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: https://www.widowedandyoung.org.uk
SAPHNA is dedicated to the promotion of excellence in practice, taking forward the Public Health agenda by working in partnerships for the benefit of children and young people and the communities where they live and learn. This will be facilitated through the dissemination of the Journal of School and Public Health Nursing, conferences/events, bulletins, website, research, social media and other activity with key stakeholder groups.
Rowland Brothers Foundation serves the community of Croydon and beyond by providing professional, excellent bereavement aftercare that is free of charge. Listening ear/pastoral support/counselling /life coaching - This is done 1:1, in groups, via phone or digitally. We also run ‘Never Alone” informal drop ins at various locations We provide practical help regarding all aspects of bereavement including wills, probate, lasting power of attorney, pre paid funeral plans etc We provide bereavement training for various organisations including police, council, registrars, first responders, religious ministers and many more"
There are 21 epilepsy-related deaths each week in the UK – at least 42% of these are known to be
SUDEP Action exists to increase awareness of epilepsy risks and tackle all epilepsy deaths, including Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP). The only UK charity supporting and working alongside those whose loved ones have died suddenly from an epilepsy related death. Services include bereavement support, counselling and help with understanding the inquest process.
The support service is tailored, led by what the bereaved need and want - which can include advocacy, information, advice and involvement in research through The Epilepsy Deaths Register. The support service can also assist and empower families in their interactions with the coronial service and other agencies, this can be combined with ongoing support.
SUDEP Action provide free tools, information and resources are provided to clinicians and people with epilepsy, as well as working in collaboration with UK and international research teams to help prevent epilepsy deaths - striving to get the answers that will save lives.
Freddie’s Wish understands no loss of a child is worse than any other.
We are here to provide support to anyone who has lost an infant or child, to help them rebuild their life, while embracing the memory of their precious child!
We aim to empathise, educate and encourage.
WAY is the only national charity in the UK for people aged 50 or under when their partner died. It’s a peer-to-peer support group operating with a network of volunteers who have been bereaved at a young age themselves, so they understand exactly what other members are going through.
WAY was founded in 1997 and now has more than 3,000 members across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. WAY aims to provide peer-to-peer emotional and practical support to young widowed people married or not, with or without children, whatever their sexual orientation – as they adjust to life after the death of their partner.
Widowed and Young
Suite 14, College Business Centre
Uttoxeter New Road
Derby DE22 3WZ
Registered Charity No: 1164988
2 Wish Upon A Star was founded in 2012 to support anyone affected by the sudden or unexpected death of a child or young person aged 25 and under. Emphasis for bereavement support following a death is placed upon immediate family; however we also support extended family, friends and the wider community, as well as witnesses and professionals.
2 Wish Upon A Star offer support in a number of ways including memory boxes, immediate support during the initial aftermath of the death, free and confidential counselling, complementary therapy, play therapy, as well as support groups, focussed support groups and monthly events.
SUDC UK is a charity dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC). It also funds research to better understand and prevent these tragedies. The sudden unexplained death of a child is one of the most under-recognised medical tragedies of our time.
Co-founded by three SUDC bereaved mothers in 2017, in memory of all SUDC children, the charity aims to make a difference by shining their light on Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood. Our vision is for SUDC to be predictable and preventable.
SUDC UK is proud to link directly with our affiliate the SUDC Foundation for professional bereavement support. Together, our charities are the only organisations worldwide whose sole purpose is to promote awareness, advocate for research, and support those affected by sudden unexplained death in childhood.
SUDC UK is run by volunteers and provides all services at no cost to families or professionals. SUDC receives no government funding. SUDC UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (charity no 1175413).
DrugFAM was founded in 2006 by Elizabeth Burton-Phillips MBE, in memory of her son, Nicholas Mills.
For over ten years, Nick, and his twin brother Simon, were addicted to hard drugs which had a devastating impact on both young men and drew them both into poverty, ill-health and crime. Powerless, the family lived in continual fear for Nick and Simon’s lives whilst depleting their life savings repaying the twins’ drug debts to criminal gangs. After many attempts to quit using drugs permanently; Nick ended his own life in 2004, aged just 27.
DrugFAM exists so that no family member, friend, or carer need face these challenges alone. Last year, we supported 2,800 families and positively impacted the lives of over 800 children who had direct contact with the user.
DrugFAM’s support falls under three main pillars; Education (where we do talks, we have a book, play and a podcast), Active Addiction (where we run a helpline from 0900 to 2100, 365 days per year) and Bereavement Support (where we supported 323 families in 2018).
When someone discovers that a loved one is using drugs, they may avoid seeking help initially, often believing that they can help the addict themselves.
Sadly, this is rarely the case, and when a family member’s drug use has been prolonged or repeated, the people closest to them often realise that they simply cannot cope any longer and don’t know what to do next. This is often when families make contact with DrugFAM for the first time, seeking psychological support at a time of complex trauma and at times in moments of grief.
Lighthouses are a not-for-profit organisation who provide Infant Loss Support to bereaved parents of
infant loss. We facilitate weekend residential counselling retreats, 1-1 counselling and provide after-
care online support for those who have been through miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal loss, ectopic
pregnancy, compassionate induction and the death of an infant up to the age of 5.
St Christopher’s Hospice
At St Christopher’s we put people at the heart of everything we do. We believe that all dying people and those close to them deserve to have the best care and support, wherever and whenever they need it. We do all we can to make this happen, providing physical, emotional and spiritual support to over 7,500 people across south east London every year. People like you, your mum, your dad, your nan, your sister, your friend, your neighbour.
Many people think hospices are sad, depressing places but that couldn’t be further from the truth. We are more than just a hospice; we are the 1,350 volunteers who give their time to make sure people nearing the end of their life and their friends and family know how important they are. We are more than just a hospice; we are the hundreds of staff who work together round the clock to care for people in their homes, care homes or in our hospice buildings. We are more than just a hospice; we are the educators who are passionate about end of life care and provide courses to people all over the world to make sure that hospice services are available for more and more people, wherever they are and whatever their circumstances. We are more than just a hospice; we are the communities of people who fundraise tirelessly through all weathers to raise the £16m we need each year to continue to be here.
To everyone who has helped in any way, big or small - thank you.
Rainbows Bereavement Support Great Britain
RAINBOWS BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GREAT BRITAIN is a well respected national charity having a proven, positive impact on the lives of children, young people and adults grieving a significant and often devastating loss in their lives.
Our vision is quite simply for every child and young person in every school in Great Britain, grieving a significant and often devastating loss in their lives, to be understood and supported appropriately.
The principal objectives and activities of Rainbows Bereavement Support Great Britain:
- Raising awareness of the impact of bereavement and loss on children, young people and adults
- Facilitating high quality education and training in bereavement and loss
- Providing practical, realistic and sensitive guidance to ensure all schools have appropriate bereavement policies and procedures in place
- Nurturing and developing the emotional health and mental well-being of children, young people and adults who have experienced a significant loss through death, relationship breakdown or other adverse circumstance
The work of Rainbows is tried, tested, researched, monitored and evaluated and is now in its 27th year. We know the impact of our work is long-lasting and has a tangible impact on people’s lives.
Andrea Rodgers – National Co-Director, South
Sharon Melia – Craven – National Co-Director, North
Rainbows GB National Resource Centre
Tel: 0161 624 2269
Little Things & Co is a baby bereavement charity. They provide emotional and practical support to those affected by the loss of a baby, regardless of gestation, circumstance or time ago.
With a dedicated Memorial Garden, support groups, tiny clothing for early babies, items for funerals (grave dressing, cradles and peace birds), as well as an extensive range of literature.
The local services are primarily based in Plymouth and the surrounding areas, yet some services are provided nationwide.
Little Things & Co. was establised in 2013 by Funeral Director LeighAnne Wright, initially providing tiny clothing. The services expanded rapidly and using LeighAnne's professional experience as well as her own loss of her son the charity goes form strength to strength helping families every day. An extended and experienced team now ensure families are cared for and supported at the most difficult time of their lives.
The charity is a member of the Alliance of Baby Loss charities and one of the official 60 charities supporting Baby Loss Awareness week every year. LeighAnne is also a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Baby Loss.
Little Things & Co. is an honest, hands on and community charity that is dedicated to breaking the taboo of baby loss and supporting anyone affected.
About the funeral
Arranging a funeral now or in advance can be overwhelming, especially if you have never organised a funeral before.
"Who do I use?" "What are my choices?" "How much is it going to cost?" "How am I going to afford it?"
These questions are the norm.
It will never be easy to organise a funeral, but About the Funeral is here to help make the process as easy as it can be. Within a few minutes you will be able to find the cost of an affordable funeral online tailored around your or your loved one's wishes, from a funeral director or pre-paid funeral plan provider who is right for you.
Whether you're arranging a funeral or making plans in advance, it's good to know specialist help is always at hand.
Kim Bird, the founder of About the Funeral, is an experienced bereavement support volunteer and has worked as a funeral arranger for one of the UK's largest funeral companies. She has been bereaved by familial suicide and counselled for complicated grief, 8 years later.
While About the Funeral can help people with the array of practical issued faced when someone close to them dies, emotional vulnerability is unavoidable. Kim said "It's vitally important everyone knows bereavement support is available should they want it, whenever they want it. The Good Grief Trust is the best resource I know for anyone needing to find this support."
Jessica Lawson foundation
A local Hull & East Riding of Yorkshire Community Group. It is also an associate of the UK registered charity The Rose Charitable Foundation.
This Foundation set up by bereaved parents Antony and Brenda Lawson. Their own forget-me-not legacy in the name of their daughter Jessica Lawson aged 12. Jessica died whilst on her school trip to France on 22nd July 2015. During the years since Jessica died it is clear that no UK authority or organisation is willing to help or guide the bereft and traumatised family. No after-care plan or response from local authorities or the school. Nationally, no
assistance from The British Foreign Commonwealth Office. The complexity of a fatality abroad brings a minefield of additional heartbreak and process, policies and procedures. Any compassion or humanity forgotten. The family left to cope alone.
Aid Be a point of contact. We signpost bereaved parents to the raft of specialised bereavement charities and trauma organisations we now know exist. Assist The Wellbeing of a bereaved parent. Be active in our grief support. The Foundation works with a network of tourism partners in the Algarve Portugal to arrange:
B’Breaks – Algarve
The holiday is planned and organised by Jessica’s Mum Brenda Lawson who with her husband Antony relocated to the Algarve in November 2017. Rest, relaxation and recharge. The positive RE words to assist you looking forward again.
The Good Grief Project
Approximately 6000 young people under the age of 24 die in the UK every year leaving up to 50,000 newly bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents.
Our mission is to support families grieving after the untimely death of a loved one, particularly the death of a child. We do this by encouraging a creative response to grief and by looking for new ways of expressing the pain of loss with various art forms and media. And to promote an understanding of what it means to grieve in a society that often has difficulty talking openly about death, dying and bereavement. We do this with our films and talks.