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Bereavement and grief are natural processes, but they can be devastating experiences for some people, especially when the death was traumatic. In the early days following the bereavement reactions can be overwhelming, confusing and exhausting.

They are likely to be very intense, causing emotional and, in some cases, physical pain, especially if their death was sudden.

For some people talking to a friend or family member about their feelings helps. Other people might need more support. There are bereavement services that can give extra support.

In an emergency, if you or someone else is at risk of harm, call 999 or visit your nearest A&E.

Whatever you're going through, contact Samaritans for free 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.



Bereavement support


Our bereavement guides offer support if a loved one has died during lockdown, which can affect the ways that you can mourn and grieve. There are guides for adults, children and young people, parents and carers as well as an Easy Read version. 

Support after Suicide
This guide can support you from the beginning. What happens next, emotional and practical advice, plus organisations that can help.

Sudden Death
Support when someone has died suddenly for any reason.


At a
Find local support tailored to your age and situation, including Cruse and CHUMS bereavement services.

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS)
Local and virtual self-help support groups. Listen, share, ask questions and connect with other people who have been bereaved by suicide.

Mental health support



Call HPFT NHS Single Point of Access (SPA)
Freephone number: 0800 6444 101 for mental health support whether you are experiencing a mental health crisis, need mental health support or just want to talk (24 hours a day, 365 days a year).

Countywide out of hour’s mental health crisis service providing a safe and welcoming space for people who are feeling distressed and experiencing a crisis 16+

Wellbeing Team
free, confidential talking therapy and practical support for people 16+ experiencing a wide range of common mental health difficulties

Mind in Mid Herts
prevention, recovery and support services for 16+ in Stevenage, St Albans, Hertford and Welwyn Garden City

Herts Mind Network
aims to create opportunities for individuals 18+ to build resilience and manage their whole life and wellbeing out of 7 wellbeing centres in Hertfordshire.

JustTalk Mental Health
Mental health help and advice for young people and students. Includes self help guides, support organisations and our Five Ways to Wellbeing. 


Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service
Through talking therapies we will help you get to the root of your problems and to manage and overcome your difficulties.

Bedfordshire Mental Health Services
Bedfordshire Mental Health and Wellbeing Service provides mental health services across Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire.

Mind BLMK works across our communities to support positive mental health and wellbeing in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.

Mind BLMK Crisis cafe
Crisis Cafes are safe, non-judgemental spaces that you can come to if you find yourself in crisis or mental distress in the evenings. You will be met by a trained mental health worker who will listen and help you identify ways to address the problems you are facing.


Stay alive app

Talk to someone

24 hour confidential listening service. Emotional support for anyone in crisis.

For men

Confidential and anonymous support.

For under 35s

Confidential helpline if you, or someone you know, is at risk of suicide.

For the LGBT+ community

LGBT Switchboard
Listening service via phone, email or instant messaging.

Bereavement support for children and young people

Cruse Hertfordshire promotes the wellbeing of bereaved people and enables anyone suffering bereavement to understand their grief and cope with their loss. Telephone support available.