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 Support are on-hand to offer support, advice and information when somebody dies. For more information, please visit their website at www.cruse.org.uk

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 548484 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

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

  • 1-1 bereavement support
  • Wellbeing groups
  • Friendship/social groups
  • Educational sessions
  • Memorial services

Contact: 08081 691 922 or email info@bereavementcare.uk. For more information, please visit their website at www.bereavementcare.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 – www.supportaftersuicide.org.uk/resource/help-is-at-hand

The Red Lipstick Foundation offer online support and weekly coffee mornings near Southampton. For more information, please visit their website at www.theredlipstickfoundation.wordpress.com