Last updated: 1 December 2023

Next review: 1 December 2024

Support for those bereaved

There is a range of support available when someone dies from government to charitable organisations.

General support from central government

Support for the bereaved - information to help bereaved families, friends or next of kin make important decisions.

Support for Suicide

If you require further support following a suicide please visit Support After Suicide

Child Death Helpline

The Child Death helpline offers support to those affected by the death of a child of any age. This includes from pre-birth to adult and under any circumstances, however recently or long ago.

Freephone: 0800 282 986 / 0808 800 6019

The Lullaby Trust

The Lullaby Trust aims to prevent unexpected deaths in infancy and promote infant health. This includes:

  • funding research
  • supporting families whose babies have died suddenly and unexpectedly
  • sharing information on infant health, baby care, and sudden infant deaths to health professionals and the general public
  • working with professionals to improve investigations when a baby dies

We are currently working remotely so where possible please scan, post and email

Telephone (general enquiries): 0207 802 3200

Bereavement Support: 0808 802 6868

Information Line: 0808 802 6869


'BRAKE' the road safety charity is to help bereaved relatives of road crash victims.

They offer resource packs that are full of practical information about what happens after a crash and include:

  • A booklet about coping with grief
  • Details about investigations and court cases
  • Practical information about burials, legal issues and dealing with the media
  • Understanding rights
  • Personal finance advice

Visit the Brake website

The Coroner's Courts Support Service

Provides support and guidance for bereaved people attending Inquests.

Our helpline team will offer emotional support and practical information about the Inquest process.

Please call us Monday to Friday between 09.00 -19.00 and Saturday between 09.00 - 14.00

The contact details are:

Telephone - 0300 111 2141

Email -