Resources-Abi May

abi@mayihelp.co.uk

Resources

Here are some links and places to go for more support on various topics.
 
(Most of these are external and I can't take any responsibility for them, but I believe you might find them helpful.) 
 
INFORMATION 

 

Inquests (in England and Wales)  (Article)

Factsheets published by The Compassionate Friends

Although directed towards parents, these FAQs are useful for anybody facing an inquest in England and Wales.

  • Part 1 gives a brief overview of the inquest process and who is involved.
  • Part 2 offers detailed advice on preparation, including getting legal and other support.
  • Part 3 gives an explanation of what happens on the day of the inquest.
(I am happy to have worked on these FAQs for TCF, with support from TCF’s legal advisors)


PRODUCTS AND PROJECTS
Ideas for continuing the bonds with our loved ones


SUPPORT ORGANISATIONS
COPING WITH THE LOSS OF YOUR LOVED ONE
  • If you’re struggling to cope with the loss of your loved one, you can talk to the Samaritans

United Kingdom 24 hour helpline offering confidential support and a listening ear when you need them most. You don’t have to be suicidal. Call free from any UK phone:  116 123.
 

National organisation that runs a free helpline and can provide face-to-face counselling support. UK freephone: 0808 808 1677.

 

The Dove Service offers counselling and support to all those affected by bereavement, life-changing illness and significant loss. Based in Stoke-on-Trent. 01782 683155



FOR BEREAVED PARENTS

  • The Compassionate Friends

USA: www.compassionatefriends.org

UK: www.tcf.org.uk

Support for families after a child (of any age) dies. This is well-established international network that hosts websites, internet forums, support groups and helplines.

Helpline in the UK, always answered by a bereaved parent: 0845 123 2304  (daily 10:00-16:00 and 19:00-22:00)

Page with links to chapters in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, Philippines, South Africa and Switzerland:

http://www.compassionatefriends.org/resources/International-Support-Related-Organizations/international_support.aspx

 

For anyone affected by the death of a child of any age, from prebirth to adult, under any circumstances, however recently or long ago.

Freephone in the UK: 0800 282 986    Freephone from UK mobile: 0808 800 6019
 

OTHER RELATIONSHIPS

  • WAY: Widowed and Young

www.widowedandyoung.org.uk

Helpline: 0300 012 4929

For men and women aged 50 or under when their partner died

 

  • WAY UP

www.way-up.co.uk/

Way Up is an active self help group aimed at providing mutual support to those widowed age 50 and over.

 

ORGANISATIONS THAT CAN HELP AFTER DEATHS IN PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES

(These are all UK based)
 

 

  • RETHINK: For deaths of those who were suffering from mental illness, whether or not they were receiving treatment. This includes suicide. https://www.rethink.org/home

 

 

 

 

This is a self-help organisation that aims to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend. The website contains helpful resources.

Helpline in the UK: 0844 561 6855 (9 am – 9 pm daily)

Page with links for support in the USA and Australia: http://www.uk-sobs.org.uk/useful_websites.htm