Finding Grief Support Groups in the UK

Category: Supporting The Bereaved


Grief support groups can play a big part in helping you, your family, or somebody you care about to deal with the loss of a loved one.

Fortunately, there are a huge number of grief support groups throughout the UK and many of them are specialised for every type of circumstance.

Coping with the loss of a loved one can feel impossible at times as imagining how to continue living a normal life seems beyond reach. However, with time and the right kind of support, it is possible to live a happy and healthy life moving forwards.

And most importantly, you’ll get the chance to talk to other people so you don’t feel so alone in your loss. Grief support groups can be comforting and they also enable you to chat to others in a similar situation.

Here are some helpful resources to help you find the right grief support group in the UK.


1. Adult grief support groups

Butterflies Bereavement Support is a national group which offers free help and advice when you need it most while Cruse Bereavement Care is another UK wide organisation which offers help over the phone and activities such as days out and 10k runs for charity.

Putting energy into a cause is a great way to deal with grief as it will allow you the opportunity to help others who may be in a similar situation to the one you loved before they passed away.

Medical research is critical for finding cures to diseases and joining up with a group of people who have also been affected, to raise money for research, can be incredibly rewarding and soothing.


2. Loss of a child support groups and bereavement help for children

The loss of a child may well be the worst kind of tragedy a parent will ever have to endure, so it is critical to find the best support possible.

Family and friends should be the first point of council, however, talking to strangers and relying on professionals to help can represent a different form of support.

Care for the Family offers a range of support options, including dealing with the loss of a child as well as Child Bereavement UK.

If there are children that need to be helped in dealing with a loss, the same organisations will be able to deliver the right kind of messages of support as it can be difficult for a parent or older person to know what to say to somebody who may not understand the concept of loss fully.


3. Grief Support for sudden or traumatic loss

Dealing with an unexpected loss can be amongst the hardest things to manage as sometimes, there is an element of ‘bad luck’ involved and there has not been any kind of illness or reason for the loss.

Road accidents can be such a cause and for that reason, there are specialist groups such as Road Peace to help with such an incident.


Other grief support groups

The NHS offers a wide variety of other support groups which you can find by clicking here.