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External Bereavement Support

Cruse Bereavement Support

Offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies and work to enhance society’s care of bereaved people.

​Cruse offers face-to-face, telephone, email and website support. They have a Freephone national helpline and local services, and a website ( specifically for children and young people. Their services are provided by a network of 5,000 trained volunteers and are confidential and free but you are asked to give a donation at the end of your counselling.


​Available from Monday to Friday, 10 am to 12.30 pm

Phone: 01242 252518

A telephone answering service runs when the office is closed: please leave a message


Main website:


Gloucestershire Website:


The Compassionate Friends (TCF)

is a charitable organisation of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents dedicated to the support and care of other similarly bereaved family members who have suffered the death of a child or children of any age and from any cause.

Office telephone no: 0345 120 3785 (9.30 – 4.30 Mon to Fri)

Please contact Marie Best at if you would like more information

about the monthly meetings or to join the Facebook group.

TCF’s Online Community Forum has a special ‘Bereaved by Suicide’ section.

Please email if you would like to be part of this.


Care For The Family

Care for the Family is a national charity which aims to promote strong family life and to help those who face family difficulties.



Widowed And Young

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.


Children’s Support


Winstons Wish

provide specialist child bereavement support services across the UK, including in-depth therapeutic help in individual, group and residential settings to children that have lost a parent or a sibling.

17 Royal Crescent
Cheltenham, UK
GL50 3DA
08088 020 021

01242 515157



This is a group of individuals that have also lost loved ones to suicide. They meet once a month as a support group in Gloucester.

Contact: 0300 111 5065 (national, 9am to 9pm every day) or 01452 371945 (local)


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