Links and Other Help

    There are a number of services across Berkshire which support adults who have experienced bereavement.

    For face to face support, you could contact:

    • Cruse – 01344 411 919
    • Arc Counselling – 0118 977 6710
    • Talking Therapies – 0300 365 2000
    • Thames Hospice – 01753 842 121 Thames Hospice in Windsor provide a counselling service to families who have no direct contact with the Hospice.  A GP referral is required and the family must live within the catchment area of the Hospice. 
    • No. 5 – 0118 901 5668 As well as providing free counselling to young people aged 10-25, people over the age of 25 who have involvement with a young person, such as parents, grandparents, teachers, and social workers, can also access a ‘paid for’ service.  

    There are also a number of services available to young people.

    For face to face services in Berkshire, you could try:

    • Time to Talk – 01635 760331 Providing free confidential counselling services to young people across West Berkshire aged 11 – 25
    • No. 5 – 0118 901 5668  Offering free counselling to children and young people aged between 10 and 25.

    For online support, you could try:

    • Kooth  An online counselling service for 11 to 25 year olds; it is a moderated site that offers peer support and counselling.
    • Hope Again A Cruse Bereavement Care site that was set up by young people.  Young people can email for support, and the site also makes suggestions about helpful activities/strategies that young people who are bereaved may find helpful. 

    For over the phone advice and email support, there is:

    • Bereavement Trust Helpline – 0800 435 455  Providing the opportunity to talk to a trained volunteer about a bereavement of any kind.
    • Marie Curie Bereavement Support – 0800 090 2309 A range of bereavement support options provided free of charge .
    • Cruse Helpline – 0844 477 9400 Listening support and practical advice to people who have been bereaved.
    • Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide – 0300 111 5065  Support for adults who have been bereaved by suicide.
    • Grief Encounter  A leading UK bereavement charity, offering free, professional support to bereaved children, young people and their families, through face-face and online therapeutic services, including grieftalk, our national, free helpline, open weekdays, 9am – 9pm which can be reached on 0808 802 0111 or via 
    • The Good Grief Trust Online support and practical advice to people who have been bereaved.  

    For parents whose partner has died, there is:

    For parents whose child has died, there is:

    • The Compassionate Friends – 0345 123 2304 A helpline for bereaved parents.  All calls answered by trained people who have lost a child themselves.
    • Care for the Family Bereaved Parent Support – 02920 810 800 A helpline for bereaved parents.  All calls answered by trained people who have lost a child themselves. 
    • Child Death Helpline – 0800 282 986  Supporting people after the death of a child of any age, no matter how long ago it happened.  
    • Reading Lifeline – 0118 959 6669 Free counselling for men and women affected by infertility, baby loss during pregnancy or soon after birth.

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