Bereavement Support in Essex

Bereavement Support in Essex

The loss of a loved one is one of the hardest things that any of us have to go through. Though there is not always a quick fix, we do have some advice on how to manage the emotional and practical upheaval caused by bereavement, which you can find in our Guide to Death and Grief.

Bereavement support in Essex

At this strange and difficult time, it is important to let others help and support you. There are many organisations in Essex that provide specialist support to people who have been bereaved, including counselling, group therapy and telephone support.

There are also a number of Essex bereavement support groups – an opportunity to spend time and talk with people going through something similar, which many people seek comfort from.

On this page you will be guided through the organisations that are offering their support to bereaved people in Essex, and how to contact them.

Essex Bereavement Support Services

Bereavement Support from Hospices

Some of the hospices in Essex offer bereavement support to all people in their community, even if they are not associated with the hospice. More information about these hospices and how to contact them can be found below.

St Helena, North Essex

There is plenty of support in Essex after the death of a loved one.

St Helena hospice in Colchester offer a range of support services to all people who have been bereaved in North Essex, regardless of the cause of death or where they have died. They will tailor their services, including counselling and group sessions, to your needs. You can refer yourself for their services using this Online Form, or by calling them.

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Telephone: 01206 848 163

St Luke’s, Grays, Basildon, Corringham and Billericay

St Luke’s Hospice runs the Dove Community Counselling Service, which is delivered from four sites in Grays, Basildon, Corringham and Billericay for bereaved residents who live in these areas. They provide both 1-to-1 and group sessions, and their service is completely free. You can be referred by a healthcare professional, or you can refer yourself by calling them on one of the phone numbers below.

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Basildon Area Telephone: 01268 524973
Billericay Area Telephone: 01277 658057

Farleigh, Mid Essex

Farleigh’s adult bereavement services are available to anyone in Mid Essex who has been recently bereaved. Their ‘Circle’ service include 1-to-1 support, group sessions, telephone support counselling. To access their service you need to complete the referral and self-assessment forms on the Farleigh Website and send them to

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Telephone: 01245 457308

CRUSE Bereavement

CRUSE is the UK’s largest bereavement charity, and they provide support to bereaved people across all of Essex. They offer a range of services to bereaved people in person, over the phone and online, including expert information and advice and drop-in sessions.

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Telephone: 0845 2669710

Renew Counselling

bereavement Counselling in Essex

Renew offer a counselling service to people living in Essex and East London, including specialist support for people affected by loss or bereavement. They have Essex centres in Basildon and Colchester. Their price structure works on a sliding scale based on your household income, so it should be for a price that is acceptable to you.

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Chelmsford Telephone: 01245 359353 
Chelmsford Email:

Basildon Telephone: 01268 822800 
Basildon Email:

Age Concern Colchester and North East Essex

Age Concern Colchester have a dedicated bereavement team who can provide a listening ear and help direct you to the support you can find in North East Essex. They have also launched a range of befriending and companion services for people who have lost loved ones, to minimise their feelings of loneliness.

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Telephone: 01206368420 (Option 2, Bereavement)

Essex Bereavement Support Groups

Many people find bereavement support groups to be a source of comfort and support. They can help you to talk openly and share experiences with people who have a mutual understanding.

Dove Bereavement Social Groups

Tea Coffee Group

St Luke’s hospice runs Bereavement Social Groups in Basildon, Grays, Billericay and Wickford. Their meetings take place during the evenings, daytime and weekends, meaning there should be one that works for you, and they are always run by people who have experienced bereavement. To find out about current social groups meet-up times and locations use the contact information below.

Basildon Telephone: 01268 524973
Billericay Telephone: 01277 658057

Farleigh Bereavement Help Points

The Farleigh Hospice runs 3 Bereavement Help Points in Mid-Essex. These are regular, relaxed drop-in groups for anyone bereaved in the area, where you can share a hot drink, meet people, discuss experiences and access the best available help, advice and support.

Chelmsford Bereavement Help Point

Date: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month
Time: 10:00am – 12:00noon
Location: Sweet Pea Café, 74 Springfield Rd, Chelmsford
Telephone: 01245 457308

Maldon Bereavement Help Point

Date: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month
Time: 10:15am – 12noon
Location: Suzie’s Tea Room, High Street, Maldon
Telephone: 01245 457308

Danbury Bereavement Help Point

Date: 3rd Thursday of each month
Time: 10:30am – 12noon
Location: Hudson’s Coffee, Danbury Mission, 54 Maldon Road, Danbury, CM3 4QL
Telephone: 01245 457308

Bennett’s ‘New Era’ Bereavement Support Group

Bennett’s funeral directors have run the ‘New Era’ bereavement support group in Brentwood since 2007. It is a chance for bereaved people to discuss their thoughts and experiences and exchange support with people in similar positions. There are also members of Bennett’s Staff on hand should anyone need to talk with them one-on-one. They also organise day trips and outings for their members.

Date: 2nd Wednesday of every month
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Location: St Georges Church Hall, Costead Manor Road, Pilgrims Hatch, Brentwood

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