There is no simple solution or quick fix for bereavement. Talking to friends and family about your feelings, and about the person who has died, can help. Be assured that there is lots of help available for you at this difficult time – there are a variety of bereavement support organisations in Kent who can support you through bereavement, which you can find below.
If you are struggling day-to-day, especially with regard to sleep or appetite, you may want to seek professional help by speaking to your GP. You can look at our dedicated page on Death and Grief to find out more about the support services you have available to you.
Kent Bereavement Support Services
CRUSE is the UK’s foremost bereavement charity. They offer confidential advice, support, drop-in groups and practical information to bereaved people in person, over the phone and online. Cruse Bereavement Care operate nationwide, but have local bases across some of Kent:
East Kent Telephone: 07507 656023
Swale Telephone: 07999 362 322
Telephone: 08448 009104
Telephone: 01622 671011
Alternatively, you can call CRUSE’s national Bereavement Support Helpline on 08088 081677.
Kent Bereavement Advice Service
The Kent Bereavement Advice Service (KBAS) can provide information and advice on all the practical issues that people face around the time of death. They offer a free helpline for anyone affected by the death of someone significant to them, whether the death occurred in Kent, or the person who died lived in Kent.
Telephone: 08002 585944
Age UK offer a lot of support and advice to help you if you are feeling lonely. If you’ve recently suffered a loss you can contact your local Age UK group for help. Age UK have 12 locations across Kent. You can find your nearest branch on the Age UK website.
NHS Bereavement Services
Some NHS Hospitals have a dedicated Bereavement Office offering advice to help you cope with bereavement. They can offer emotional support as well as practical guidance on funeral arrangements and legal requirements. They are also able to point you towards local bereavement support services in your area.
Contact details for hospital Bereavement Offices in Kent are below.
Maidstone Hospital Bereavement Office
Telephone: 01622 224251
Tonbridge Hospital Bereavement Office
Telephone: 01892 632923
St Peter’s Hospital Bereavement Office
Telephone: 01932 722319
The Silver Line is a confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The Silver Line staff can help with:
- information, friendship and advice
- linking you to local groups and services
- regular befriending calls
Telephone: 08004 708090
The Bereavement Register
The Bereavement Register is a free service that aims to reduce the amount of unwanted marketing post sent to the address of your passed loved one. They claim to stop most advertising mail within as little as 6 weeks. You need to register through their website, which can be found below.
You can use this counselling directory to find specialist grief and bereavement counsellors near to you.
Bereavement Support Groups in Kent
Some people find comfort in sharing time with others who are going through a similar experience to themselves. Bereavement support groups can prevent loneliness, and help people find a way to continue with their life after a loss.
Support groups can take many forms, from coffee mornings to walking groups. We also recommend asking your GP for other potential support groups that might not be on this list.
Friends Together Bereavement Support Network
Based in West Kent, the Friends Together Bereavement Support Network deliver support via a series of regular social meetings. They also offer the GriefChat service on their website, which allows you to chat online directly to a specially trained bereavement counsellor.
At the moment, the Friends Together Bereavement Support Network operates bereavement support groups in Hadlow, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and Pembury.