Bereavement Support in Wiltshire

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Man managing bereavement

Bereavement can be a distressing time. Feeling sad is normal.

How you might feel

The death of someone close can be a devastating experience and can bring about stronger emotions than most people expect. Each bereavement is unique and our grieving, our reactions and our needs are also unique.

Initially you may have feelings of numbness, anxiety, confusion and/or disbelief. You may also experience loss of appetite, sleep disturbance, tears and crying. Some people feel unable to cry and wish to simply get on. These are all natural reactions to bereavement and are not a sign that you can no longer cope. Problems arise when people expect you to react in the same way as them. People respond to bereavement in different ways.

Help and support

After a period of several months these feelings may have subsided and you will feel more able to move forward. If you or someone you know feels unable to move on or feels stuck in grief, then more help may be needed. You can discuss this with your GP and you can contact one of the national bereavement support organisations, for practical advice and support.

Your GP is a useful first point of contact. They can provide you with information and support and refer you to other local sources of support. Community nursing teams might visit after a death if they have been involved in caring for a patient at home.
Bereavement Advice Centre
The National Bereavement Advice Centre supports and advises people on what they need to do after a death. It has lots of practical support and information around topics like registering a death, probate and legal, coping with grief and bereavement, checklists and people to contact.
Tel: 0800 634 9494 This help line is available 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
Bereavement Support Network

Bereavement Support is a service that has been developed by The Bereavement Support Network to help families, carers and friends find services and information following a loss.
Carer Support Wiltshire
Carer Support Wiltshire provides support for carers across Wiltshire and is able to offer support and advice even after your caring role changes.
Tel: 0800 181 4118 or 01380 871609
Cruise Bereavement Care
Cruise offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies. They offer face-to-face, telephone, email and website support. Cruise has a free phone national helpline and will be able to direct you to local cruise services. They also have a websitespecifically for children and young people;( The main Cruise more for adults. The Cruse Bereavement Care National Helpline is staffed by trained bereavement volunteers, who offer emotional support by telephone or by email. Call freephone 0808 808 1677.


Hospice Support
There are a number of hospices in Wiltshire who offer bereavement services to families known to them.
Dorothy House Hospice bereavement service
Tel: 01225 722 999
Prospect House Hospice Outreach Centre
Tel: 01672 512915
Salisbury Hospice Family Support service
Tel: 01722 425113
Confidential support for anyone in a crisis: Samaritans will listen to you at any time of day or night. They are not there only for people who are feeling suicidal. They are there for anyone in distress.
National helpline: 116 123
SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide)
SOBS help meet the needs and overcome the isolation experienced by people who have been bereaved by suicide.
Tel: 0300 111 5065 - this is a national helpline that is open 9am to 9pm every day.
Child Death Helpline
Befriending and emotional support to anyone affected by the death of a child,teenager or young adult.

This confidential help line is open every day of the year, Monday - Friday 10am to1pm; Tuesdays and Wednesdays 1pm to 4pm and every evening 7pm to 10pm.

Tel: 0800 282 986 or 0808 800 6019 (from a mobile)
The Compassionate Friends
The Compassionate Friends provide support for parents following the death of a child at any age.
Tel: 0345 123 2304
There are local support contacts for the Compassionate Friends in Salisbury, Glastonbury, Keynesham and Swindon. Local contacts provide a safe environment for bereaved parents and their families to express themselves in the company of others who understand their grief.
The Good Grief Trust
The Good Grief Trust exists to help all those suffering grief in the UK. We aim to find the bereaved, acknowledge their grief and provide reassurance, a virtual hand of friendship and ongoing support.  The website  helps you find support in your area, and by the type of person you have lost: child, partner parent, sibling, or friend.  

More information

Royal United Hospital Bereavement Office have produced a booklet for bereaved families and friends.