Losing someone close to you can be a very difficult time.

There are no set rules on grief. How you grieve and for how long will vary from person to person.

It can be useful to talk to family and friends about how you are feeling. If you are struggling with grief it can also help to talk to someone impartial. The following organisations may be able to help:

Cruse Bereavement Care are on-hand to offer support, advice and information when somebody dies. You can either contact them on their national helpline 0808 808 1677 or alternatively there are the following branches which have regular meetings:

Cruse Dorset – covering the majority of Dorset 01305 260 216 or dorset@cruse.org.uk

Ferndown, Verwood and West Moors fall under the Cruse New Forest branch.  Contact 01202 418555 or newforest@cruse.org.uk

The Bereavement Centre is a free service designed to help individuals with emotional, practical and social support. Services include:

  • 1-1 bereavement support
  • Bereavement support groups
  • Friendship/social groups
  • Educational sessions
  • Coffee, care and cake
  • Walk and talk groups
  • Life coaching

Contact: Janet Quintavalle 07834 449069, Lesley Hadley 07834 529696, Ann Higgins 07977 231453 or Darren Dennis 07921 893934, email info@thebereavementcentre.co.uk

Losing someone to suicide

If you have lost someone to suicide, there are organisations that are able to support you.

Support After Suicide Partnership have produced a Help is at Hand brochure.

The Red Lipstick Foundation offer online support and weekly coffee mornings near Southampton.