Useful links and Organisations
Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA)
An impartial charitable organisation providing medico-legal advice and information on healthcare procedures and working with the health service to ensure lessons are learnt and patient safety improved.
AvMA also offers a pro bono inquest service to provide expert representation at an inquest; aiming to give the bereaved a voice and protect patients by highlighting safety concerns.The service is free of charge, although you will be asked to cover out of pocket expenses and AvMA is not able to guarantee representation.
To find out more contact the AvMA helpline on 0845 123 2352
Bereavement Advice Centre
Offering comprehensive practical information and advice on the many issues and procedures to manage after the death of someone close, including financial and legal matters.
Helpline: 0800 634 9494
or write with comments and questions to:
Bereavement Advice Centre, Simplify, Heron House, Timothy’s Bridge Road, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 9BX
Offering information about death, dying, bereavement, funerals and self help counselling. Bereavement UK founder Alex James MBACP, is an experienced professional bereavement counsellor/consultant who has been working with bereaved individuals and families for many years. Specialising in sudden traumatic bereavement, Alex has worked for agencies as a trauma support worker, trainer and voluntarily for a charitable trust supporting those impacted by road death.
Brake – The Road Safety Charity
Child Accident Prevention Trust (capt)
A charity working to reduce the number of young people killed, disabled or injured in accidents. Raising awareness of risks to children, accident prevention and providing safety advice to professionals and policy makers.
Tel: 020 7608 3828
Child Bereavement UK
Child Bereavement UK offers support for families and educates professionals when a child of any age dies or when a child is facing bereavement.
Helpline: 0800 028 8840
Child Death Helpline
The Child Death Helpline, staffed by volunteers, aims to provide a confidential freephone service to anyone affected by the death of a child of any age. Callers to the Helpline might be parents, grandparents, siblings, other family members, friends or involved professionals and are given the opportunity to freely express worries and emotions.
Helpline: 0800 282 986
Citizens Advice aims to provide the advice people need for the problems they face today.
The service provides free, independent, confidential, impartial and non-discriminatory advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities, including money, benefits and debt issues and advice on the legal system.
Check your local service or call:
08444 111 444 in England and 03444 77 20 20 in Wales
A national organisation of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents dedicated to the support and care of other similarly bereaved families who have suffered the death of a child of any age and from any cause. Offering local support and events as well as promoting research into medicine and road safety to reduce child deaths.
Helpline: 0345 123 2304
Counselling Directory is a confidential service that encourages those in distress to seek help. The directory can connect you with professional support in your area.
Tel: 0333 3447 990
Cruse Bereavement Care & Hope Again
Cruse Bereavement Care is a national charity offering support, advice and information, helping those bereaved by the death of someone close to understand their grief and cope with their loss. Alongside a national helpline Cruse offers local services through a network of volunteers and also has a specifically dedicated website for children and young people.
Website for young people: hopeagain.org.uk
INQUEST (Advice after a death in custody)
INQUEST is a charity that provides a specialist, comprehensive advice service to bereaved people, lawyers, other advice and support agencies, the media, MPs and the wider public on state related deaths and their investigation. Their casework includes death in police and prison custody, immigration detention and mental health settings.
Tel: 020 7263 1111
Lullaby Trust (formerly FSID)
The Lullaby Trust provides emotional support to families, professionals and friends who have experienced the death of a baby or toddler through Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The charity (re-named in 2013) also provides advice and raises awareness.
Helpline: 0808 802 6868
RoadPeace is the national charity for road crash victims and is an independently funded, membership organisation, founded by a bereaved mother. Members include those who have been bereaved or injured in road crashes and also those who are concerned about road danger.
RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents)
RoSPA is a national charity that has campaigned for almost 100 years to change both legislation and attitudes surrounding accidents. More than 14,000 people a year die in the UK as a result of accidents, in the work place, on the roads and at home. Members share stories and raise awareness.
Tel: 0121 248 2000
SADS UK (Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome)
The Ashley Jolly SAD Trust, is a charity that helps to prevent premature loss of life and to improve the lives of those adversely affected by cardiac arrhythmia. SADS also highlights cardiac risk in the young and campaigns for defibrillators in all schools
Tel: 01277 811215
Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for anyone, anywhere who is experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. The charity has local branches throughout the country and offers workplace training on communication and employee wellbeing.
Sands (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 to reduce the loss of babies’ lives. Sands has a network of local support groups run by bereaved parents, a national helpline and an online forum.
SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide)
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend. SOBS is a self-help organisation, with local support groups, most of whose volunteers have themselves been bereaved by suicide.
SSAFA the Armed Forces Charity
SSAFA provides lifelong support to anyone who is currently serving or has ever served in the Royal Navy, British Army or Royal Air Force. They are available to help service personnel and their families wherever and whenever needed.
Helpline: 0800 731 4880
WAY Widowed and Young
WAY is a national charity in the UK for men and women aged 50 or under when their partner died, married or not, with or without children. It’s a peer-to-peer support group run by a network of volunteers who have been bereaved at a young age themselves, so they understand exactly what other members are going through. WAY offers emotional support, practical advice and the chance to meet socially.
Winston’s Wish is the leading childhood bereavement charity and the largest provider of services to bereaved children, young people and their families in the UK. They offer practical support and guidance to families, professionals and anyone concerned about a grieving child. We believe that the right support at the right time can enable young people to live with their grief and rebuild positive futures. Professional, therapeutic support is available in individual, group and residential settings.