Whether sudden or expected, few life events have a greater impact on families than the death of a loved one, particularly a parent. Every family copes with grief in their own way. Grief is normal – it is not an illness or something to simply ‘get over’, and many people require bereavement support services to help them through this difficult period.
You can also visit our national page on dealing with death and grief for more information.
Bereavement services and support groups in Hampshire
Hampshire County offers a rich variety of bereavement organisations that can offer support to tailored needs and circumstances. Age Space have put together a guide to the best services available across the county, for people who feel they may benefit from this support.
Cruse Bereavement Care
Cruse Bereavement Care is a national charity that provides free advice, information and support to anyone who has been bereaved, whenever or however the death occurred. The service is provided by trained, experienced volunteers and is confidential.
National Helpline: 0808 808 1677.
The helpline is open Monday-Friday 9.30am-5pm, with extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, when they are open until 8pm.
Cruse also provides local face-to-face, telephone and email support both post and pre-bereavement. The charity has three local hubs in Hampshire. Contact details for each are provided below:
In the North Hampshire hub, services are divided further between two centres.
Telephone: 01264 336006
Basingstoke (including Fleet and Farnborough):
Telephone: 01264 335569
Visit South Hampshire Website
Telephone: 023 8077 4900
Isle of Wight:
Visit Isle of Wight Website
Telephone: 01983 523 030
Butterflies bereavement are a community-based bereavement support charity. They cover Romsey, Winchester, Southampton, West Sussex, the Isle of Wight and surrounding towns and villages. They offer specialised bereavement support group sessions to connect those experiencing similar struggles including dementia.
Telephone: 07889 009393
Help in Bereavement
Help in Bereavement offers a free, supportive, and completely confidential service for bereaved people in South East Hampshire, covering Portsmouth, Gosport, Fareham and Havant.
Volunteers offer support for as long as it is needed; they aim to help the bereaved person reach a point where they can pick up the pieces and resume normal contact with the outside world. In addition to the listening service, visitors can be of practical help to the bereaved, assisting with practicalities, or encouraging them to join local clubs and groups.
Volunteers are available to talk on the telephone as well as offer home visits.
Compass Counselling offer the chance to talk things through with a trained counsellor or psychotherapist, across the Lymington and New Forest area. This can aid you to come to terms with and manage difficulties you may be feeling as the result of the loss of a loved one. The counselling sessions cost £45 each. However Compass is a charity and can provide financial assistance to those who may struggle to pay.
Winchester Bereavement Support
Winchester Bereavement support is a voluntary organisation, offering a confidential support service to bereaved people in Winchester and the surrounding area. Home visits are offered by carefully selected and trained volunteers. There is no charge for the service and it is independent, with no ties to statutory bodies or churches.
Telephone: 01962 863626
Not found the right support group for you? A comprehensive list of 45 relevant services is available through the Connect to Support Hampshire site.