Whether sudden or expected, few life events have a greater impact on families than the death of a loved one, particularly a parent. Grief is normal – every family copes with it in their own way and it is not an illness or something to simply ‘get over’. 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 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.
They offer a National Helpline which is open every day of the week with varying opening times:
- Monday & Friday, 9:30am – 5:00pm
- Tuesday to Thursday, 9:30am – 8:00pm
- Saturday & Sunday, 10:00am – 2:00pm
You can reach the helpline on 0808 808 1677.
Cruse also have dedicated phone numbers for their hubs in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. You can find these below:
- Telephone: 0300 7904055
Isle of Wight
- Telephone: 01983 523 030
Butterflies Bereavement are a community-based bereavement support charity, covering Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. They offer specialised bereavement counselling sessions on a 1-2-1 basis, either in person, over Zoom or over the phone. For more details or to get in touch you can use the details provided below.
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; aiming 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 this 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 in coming to terms with or managing the difficulties you may be feeling as the result of the loss of a loved one. Their counselling sessions can be offered in their premises at Compass House, or over Zoom for those who might struggle or not wish to travel.
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.