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ABYSS - Always By Your Side Still

ABYSS is a support group run by bereaved mums for bereaved mums. All Angel Mums regardless of age, faith or time since the death of their child are warmly welcomed.

ABYSS is a place to be yourself, in the utterly changed circumstances in which you find yourself, and take strength from the support of others, who know your pain, before returning to daily life and it's challenges.

The group lives, breathes and grows from a simple ethos - we meet, we listen, we talk, we can be silent. We respect each other's differences and we share our pain.

An informal monthly drop in meeting on the first Monday of every month from 7,30pm at:
Oakhanger Village Hall, The Green, Oakhanger, Bordon, Hampshire, GU35 9JJ.

If you would like to know more information please call Sue: 07972 893 365 or, Becci: 07855 417391

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Bereaved by Suicide

Founded over ten years ago Bereaved by Suicide has evolved over time into a support group for bereaved parents, run by parents for parents. We are based in Farnborough, Hampshire and offer friendship and support to other parents who have lost a son or daughter to suicide.

If you wish to talk to another parent who will have some understanding of what you are going through please phone us - 01252 661002

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Crossways Bereavement Support Group

A listening ear, friendship, support and social events.

Crossways Community Baptist Church Hall
Junction Road
Tel: 01306 876714 or 01737 844587

Opening hours: Wednesdays 2pm-4pm

Cruse Bereavement

Andover and District
Tel: 01264 336006

Ashford and District
Tel: 0844 800 9104

Tel: 0844 330 3701

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Tel: 01296 425757

Chilturn and Beaconsfield
Tel: 01494 766 455

High Wycombe
Tel: 01494 511117

Canterbury and Thanet
Tel: 0845 603 0024

Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley
Tel: 01474 360 690

Dover District and Shepway
Tel: 01304 204 123

East Kent with Swale
Tel: 01227 639 745

Tel: 0870 607 0547

Eastbourne and District
Tel: 01323 642942

Brighton and Hove
Tel: 01273 234007

Rother and Hastings
Tel: 01424 732093

Epsom, Ewell and Mole Valley
Tel: 020 8393 7238

Isle of Wight
Tel: 01983 523030

Tel: 01622 671011

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Tel: 01295 266350

Tel: 01865 245398

South East Surrey
Tel: 01737 772834

South Hampshire
Tel: 0844 879 3448

South West Surrey
Tel: 01483 565660
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Surrey North Area
Tel: 01932 571177

Thames Valley Berkshire Area
Tel: 01344 411919 / 0844 7360441

West Berkshire
Tel: 01635 523573

West Kent
Tel: 01732 353575

West Sussex Area
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Tel: 01243 530202

Mid Sussex
Tel: 01293 531191

Worthing and District
Tel: 01903 205900

Daisy's Dream

Daisy's Dream supports children and their families both facing and following bereavement throughout Berkshire and the surrounding areas. The death of a significant person in a child's life can be devistating and difficult to understand. We offer advice to families, professionals and anyone concerned about a grieving child.

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Dragonflies take Flight

Dragonflies is an exciting innovative project that has been developed to support children and young people aged 5-18 years who have been or are in the process of being bereaved in the Hastings and Rother area.

Based on the Winston's Wish model of delivery Dragonflies aim to offer positive forward looking sessions to help children and young people take steps along their personal bereavement journeys.

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Eden's Trust

Eden's Trust was set up in memory of Eden who tragically lost her life in 2006 whilst on holiday abroad.

The charity is based in Essex and is running ten weekguided therapy programmes for parents, called Begin to Heal. These programmes are led by highly skilled counsellors and psychotherapists. The programmes empower grieving parents to help themselves and to help others by giving them the tools to strengthen their family and friendships, which so often are ripped apart after the loss of a child. The Begin to Heal approach provides parents with the skills and information they can use in their lives to begin to recover from their loss and to live again, albeit differently.

Eden's Trust also provides monthly drop-in groups, The Healing Place, which gives parents the chance to share their experiences and to receive and give support to others who have suffered the loss of a child. The Healing Place was set up because participants who had attended the Begin to Heal workshops felt there needed to be some kind of continuation of the work we were doing. They felt safe in an environment where others understood exactly how they were feeling, and they wanted that support to continue. It would be a wonderful world if our children did not die before us, but sadly, that is not the realityfor many of us.

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Family Support - East Sussex Council

If you are a parent or carer and are having problems looking after your children, we can help. With our support you can start enjoying life with your children again, take an active part in their growth and development, and be confident they are safe in their own homes.

Family Support - Hastings & Rother
First Floor, Ocean House,
87-89 London Road,
St Leonards-on-Sea,
East Sussex TN37 6DH
Work Phone: 01424 724170
Fax: 01424 775110

Family Support - Eastbourne, Hailsham & Seaford (North team)
St Mark's House,
14 Upperton Road,
East Sussex BN21 1EP
Work Phone: 01323 747036
Fax: 01323 747344

Family Support - Eastbourne, Hailsham & Seaford (South team)
St Mark's House,
14 Upperton Road,
East Sussex BN21 1EP
Work Phone: 01323 747355
Fax: 01323 747344

Family Support - Sussex Downs & Weald
Sackville House,
Brooks Road,
East Sussex BN7 2FZ
Work Phone: 01273 482802
Fax: 01273 487154

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Grieving Parents Support Group

The Grieving Parents Support Group is a registered charity based in Oxford. It is dedicated to supporting grieving parents after the death of a child.

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week the charitiy depends on donations and fund raising activities.

Help line number - 08456 034309

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HBBS - Havering and Brentwood Bereavement Service

We are a local non profit making registered charity, which since 1989 has been offering professional and confidential counselling to adults and more recently children who are struggling to come to terms with bereavement or loss. We service the community in Havering, Brentwood, Basildon, Wickford, Laindon Pitsea and Billericay, and have counselling rooms in Hornchurch, Brentwood and Vange.

We are run by three part time paid members of staff at our offices in Hornchurch, and have fourteen volunteer counsellors who work out of counselling rooms in Hornchurch, Brentwood and Basildon. All our counsellors are carefully selected, having qualified at diploma or degree standard, or may be in the final stages of working for these qualifications under close supervision.

We service the communities in Havering, Brentwood, Basildon, Wickford, Laindon Pitsea, Billericay and Dagenham

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Harrow Bereavement Care

Our team of trained volunteers are here to support adults and children in the London Borough of Harrow and surrounding areas who have been affected by a death, regardless of when the death occured. Our service is free and entirely confidential.

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Harry's Rainbow

Harry's Rainbow was set up in memory of Harry who died suddenly and unexpectedly in 2009.

We are a registered charity, No. 1149011. We provide support and information via our website as well as providing help, support and resources as part of organised trips,events and monthly group for bereaved children and families in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas.

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Help in Bereavement

The organization offers a visiting service covering Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Emsworth, Hayling Island and North to Waterlooville, Cosham, Paulsgrove, Wymering, Cowplain and Horndean.

Help in Bereavement was founded in 1979 as a response to the perceived needs of those suffering the grief,loneliness and social isolation caused by losing someone they love.

Help in Bereavement recognizes we are all individuals with differing needs. Our Visitors, many of whom have suffered bereavement themselves, are especially trained to recognize the needs of the bereaved, regardless of when the bereavement happened.

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Kingston Bereavement Service

Kingston Bereavement Service is a registered charity providing support and counselling to anyone who lives, works or studies in the Borough of Kingston upon Thames. Set up in 1988, individual and group counselling is available to anyone having difficulty coping or adjusting to the loss of someone close to them.

Kingston Bereavement Service also runs Saying
Goodbye Project
providing bereavement support to children and young people, and advice and information to their parents/carers, schools and anyone working with them.

Kingston Bereavement Service provides training, tailor-made workshops and consultancy to any professional group working with adults and children who have been bereaved.

Please do contact us for further information or if you have any queries - we're happy to help.

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Milton Keynes Bereavement Service

Milton Keynes Bereavement Service has been supporting the local community through bereavement for over 20 years. The Milton Keynes Bereavement Project began in 1979 with twelve volunteers, trained to support people who had been bereaved. It has grown, both in reputation and in the range of support offered, to become the MK Bereavement Service.

All our Volunteers take an Initial Bereavement training course and undergo regular on-going training.

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Momentum is a registered charity established in 2004 which aims to help children (up to the age of 17) and the families of children, undergoing treatment for cancer in Surrey and South West London. Momentum was set up by parents who have first hand experience of these life-changing events, with the simple goal of trying to help others in similar circumstances.

Momentum assists children undergoing treatment and their families in the following ways:
  • Through the provision of equipment and the improvement of the facilities in local hospitals, where children undergoing cancer treatment will typically spend prolonged periods. Currently we are working with the Paediatric Department at Kingston Hospital.
  • By organising events at which children with cancer and their siblings have the opportunity to meet with other children who share their circumstances.
  • By offering mutual support for parents and families.

Momentum is currently supporting children who are undergoing treatment at Kingston Hospital, St. George's Hospital in Tooting, St. Peter's Hospital in Chertsey, West Mids Hospital in Isleworth and The Royal Marsden Hospital in Surrey.

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The Rainbow Trust

Many families find contact with people who knew their child and who can understand some of what they are going through can be genuinely helpful as they cope with the grieving process. We know that every family will cope with bereavement in a way that is right for them, therefore we aim to offer support that is flexible to individual needs and that reflects the culture and values of the individual.

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Sebastian's Action Trust

We understand the utter devastation that comes with the loss of a child or young person, which is why we offer support through our association with Reflections, a group for bereaved families.

We offer an annual service of rememberance and thanksgiving, a weekend away for bereaved families and opportunities to meet other bereaved parents and siblings, in the knowledge that only those who have experienced such tragedy can truly understand the depths of such loss.

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SeeSaw helps children and their families both before and after a major bereavement, helping them to move forward and to face the future with hope. We can give advice to parents and carers, teachers and other professionals, and young people themselves. We also provide a tailored service to meet young people or their parents in person. Our service is free and confidential.

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Simon Says

At Simon Says, we know that the death of someone important can have a devastating effect on a young person.
We also know that, given appropriate support and information, children and young people can be helped to understand what has happened and can be helped to rebuild their lives.Whether the death was sudden or expected, we work closely in practical and creative ways with all members of the family to create an atmosphere in which grief can be shared and the child or young person can be supported.

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UP - Uplifting Parents

Up is a new group set up by a bereaved Mum who identified a lack of support for families after the death of a child. The groups will be a way for other bereaved parents to meet and support each other.

The groups first meeting is on the 15th February at 2pm and is being held at 365 Rayleigh Road, Eastwood, Essex. If you would like to attend or, need further details please call Heather on 07854 034748


WAVES was founded after church leaders found that they were encountering many people with family and social problems which were not yet serious enough to be appropriate for action by statutory social agencies but which had the potential for causing family breakdown and the eventual intervention of such agencies. A survey of such needs in the town, including comment and strong support from many professional agencies, assured the church that there was a need for practical help in reducing stress at an early stage in family difficulties which could help to prevent disruption of the family.

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The YMCA Children's Bereavement Service provides services for children and young people on the Isle of Wight to enable them to cope with bereavement and to raise awareness and understanding within the wider community of the impact of death on young lives.

In line with published statistics, it is estimated that approximately 400 children and young people experience bereavement every year on the Isle of Wight. Previously there has been no service on the island that specifically addresses the needs of bereaved children, and no bereavement support at all for the under 5's. Our service is available to all aged 0-18 who have been affected by death.

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The Vishaal Foundation

The Vishaal Foundation is a chance for all those who have lost their precious babies to come together and honour them. It is the candle that keeps our babies alive and celebrates the life that was and for us, always will be precious, valued, cherished and honoured.

The Vishaal Foundation is run by bereaved parents and offers the Little Angels Memorial Service every year to bring together other families who have suffered the loss of a baby. Please see the links below for more information on the Foundation and details of services.

Visit the Vishaal Foundation Facebook Page

Visit The Vishaal Foundation website