When a loved one dies, it is likely to be a really difficult time. There are practicalities to be taken care of; please see our guide on what to do when someone dies in Buckinghamshire and the beginner’s guide to probate.
It is also important that you look after yourself and surrounding family members in a time of grief. Our guide on dealing with death and grief has more information on coping with the loss of a parent or relative. Locally, across Buckinghamshire, there are fantastic bereavement support services available to access to help you through a difficult time.
Buckinghamshire Bereavement Support Services:
Cruse Bereavement Care is a national charity with the aim of supporting people through bereavement. Across the country, they have local branches including Cruse Bucks which runs services from Amersham, Aylesbury and High Wycombe. Cruse Bucks firstly run a ‘First Steps’ group to help the recently bereaved understand more about Cruse and the help available, as well as the chance to talk about their grief. They also run bereavement support and social meetings to talk about grief in a caring environment and meet others in similar circumstances. All Cruse services are free of charge.
Cruse have three local telephone contacts from their hubs across Buckinghamshire:
- Amersham: 01494 766 455
- Aylesbury: 01296 425 757
- High Wycombe: 01494 511 117
You can also contact Buckinghamshire Cruse through their online enquiry form or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Milton Keynes Bereavement Service
Milton Keynes Bereavement Service have been offering bereavement support to the local community for over 35 years. They are an inclusive and welcoming organisation, offering emotional support through one-on-one counselling. This can be provided in a range of settings depending on circumstances. Those who feel they may benefit from the service can self-refer or be referred by a family or friend.
In addition to one-on-one counselling sessions that are organised in advance, Milton Keynes Bereavement Service also run a drop-in:
Address: Milton Keynes Bereavement Service, Whaddon Way, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK3 7DZ
Drop-in Times: Monday, 12noon – 2pm; Tuesday, 7pm – 9pm and Thursday, 2pm – 4pm
For more information about services, and to book a one-on-one session, please find contact details below.
Telephone: 07483 308032
Florence Nightingale Bereavement Support Services
The Florence Nightingale Hospice are keen to support bereaved family and friends after the loss of a loved one. They run the two support services below.
Time to Remember
The ‘Time to Remember’ service is regularly held at the Florence Nightingale Hospice. It provides an opportunity for families and friends to come together and remember a loved one. The service involves readings and songs with a central act of remembrance of lost loved ones. There is a chance to talk with other relatives after the service and members of the bereavement support team over refreshments afterwards.
For more information, please find contact details below.
Telephone: 01296 332600 (Ann Kenny)
Bereavement and Palliative Care Support Drop In Cafe
The drop-in cafe runs on the last Friday of the month between 1pm – 3pm. There is an informal setting where anyone who is suffering bereavement is made to feel welcome. There is no charge, and attendees can come for as little or as long as they like. Refreshments are provided are there is the opportunity to talk to others in similar circumstances.
Address: Florence Nightingale Day Hospice, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Mandeville Rd, Aylesbury HP21 8AL
Oasis Bereavement Group, Flackwell Heath
Oasis is a bereavement self-help group open to all who have suffered any kind of bereavement. The group provides a social opportunity to meet others in a similar position. There are also fun activities such as music, craft, meals and talks. Occasional outings are also arranged throughout the year.
Afternoon group: First and third Wednesdays of the month
Evening group: Second Wednsdays of the month
Address: Christ Church Flackwell Heath, Chapel Road, Flackwell Heath, High Wycombe, HP10 9AA
Telephone: 01628 533004