Supporting the bereaved

When you are not directly involved in making arrangements after a death, it can be difficult to know how to show your support for the bereaved.

A simple yet sincere letter of condolence and sympathy can help enormously, both in the days and weeks after the death and in the years to come. Our advice on writing condolence letters, and some sample letters, may provide some inspiration for your own words, click here to read.

In this section you will also find short verses suitable for use on sympathy bouquets and memorial tributes, and a guide to what to expect when attending a traditional funeral service.