Bereavement Resources

Books and Workbooks for Children


Adult books

Healing Grief by Barbara Ward

The Courage to Grieve by Judy Tatelbaum

The Early Days of Grieving by Derek Nuttal

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche

Through Grief by Elizabeth Collick

You’ll Get Over It – The Rage of Bereavement by Virginia Ironside

When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold S. Kushner



Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse Bereavement Care exists to promote the well-being of bereaved people and to enable anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. The organisation provides counselling and support. It offers information, advice, education and training services. Visit their website for more details.

Daytime help line: 0844 477 9400

Email support:

Young Person’s Helpline: freephone 0808 808 1677


The Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is an organisation of bereaved parents and their families offering understanding, support and encouragement to others after the death of a child or children. Their help line is always answered by a bereaved parent who is there to listen and can also put you in touch with a Local Contact and provide information about TCF’s services.

Helpline: 08451 23 23 04 (Every day: 10.00 – 16.00 and 19.00 – 22.00)

Email (information and support):



The Samaritans

As well as providing a general helpline, the Samaritans have groups in some areas for people who have been bereaved by suicide. Email, telephone (08457 90 90 90 ) or write to them:

Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, Chris, PO Box 90 90, Stirling, FK8 2SA.



Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide provides emotional and practical support to those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend. The aim is to provide a safe, confidential environment in which bereaved people can share their experiences and feelings, so giving and gaining support from each other. It is a self-help organisation and many of those helping have, themselves, been bereaved by suicide.


Call the National Helpline: 0844 561 6855 (Available 9am – 9pm every day)

Email after the death of a child or children.

Supporting people bereaved by suicide – *** new booklet

Finding the Words is a new booklet which suggest ways family, friends and colleagues can offer support to someone who has been bereaved by suicide. It has been written by Dr Alexandra Pitman, based on her research findings, and a writer with personal experience, Maxine Roper; the editor is Amy Meadows. It includes sections on why suicide is a unique loss, the fact that everyone grieves differently, things to avoid and finding help.

You can download Finding the Words free of charge

The INQUEST Handbook

The INQUEST Handbook is a resource for families and friends dealing with the aftermath of a sudden bereavement.

You access the handbook online here.


A charitable initiative for those who are suddenly bereaved and the people caring for them.  Information includes free advice and guidance for carers, professionals, in addition to seminars and training for professionals


Winston’s Wish – -schools/

Supporting bereaved children and young people, the organisation’s website includes various downloadable resources including:

A guide to supporting grieving children and young people in education

A strategy for schools – positive responses to death

The Charter for bereaved children


Child Bereavement UK –

Supporting bereaved children through difficult times information sheet

Ways to get support include an app available from Google Play for young people aged 11-25 years



Sue Ryder

Sue Ryder has an online support community for those dealing with a bereavement and a counselling service


Psychology Today blog post

Thoughts on coping with a bereavement during Covid-19


Greater Manchester Bereavement Service and associated website are now live.


More useful resources for lesson planning

Sources of bereavement

Powerpoint – what to say and what not to say

About bereavement

Grief and bereavement



Guidance from Winston’s Wish:

How to tell a child that someone has died due to Coronavirus

How to say goodbye when a funeral isn’t possible