Coping with the loss of a loved one is one of the hardest times we have to go through. You and other members of your family will be dealing with the loss differently – some will be taking it harder than others. We’ve created this guide to some of the bereavement support services available in Suffolk, for people who feel they would benefit from this kind of support. You can also visit our guide on dealing with death and grief.
Suffolk Bereavement Support Services
At A Loss:
Search directory for bereavement services and articles offering advice. You are able to filter results by postcode, age of person needing support, and the relation to you of the person you’ve lost. They also offer an online chat, GriefChat, for those coping with bereavement to talk to a specially trained bereavement counsellors.
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 six weeks. You’ll need to register through their website.
The Coroners’ Courts Support Service:
Is a service that supplies both practical and emotional support to those going through an inquiry into death. It’s a service run by volunteers and founded by people who have experienced an inquiry.
Coroner’s Court Support Website
Helpline: 0300 111 2141
A directory to connect you with professional counselling in your area. You can search by area, specifically for bereavement, and by type of therapy.
Cruse Bereavement Care Suffolk
Cruse Bereavement Care is a charity that operates across the country but also has 4 branches in Suffolk. They offer advice, support and information for anyone going through bereavement and can connect you to services in your area. Trained volunteers can offer free one to one support and can arrange to visit you in your own home. You should request support by ringing their helpline or using their contact form.
Telephone: 01473 230888
Cruse Bereavement Website
St Nicholas Hospice House Clearance:
Run by St Nicholas Hospice, House Clearance is a sensitive and reliable house clearing service that operates across the West Suffolk area. Proceeds also go back into St Nicholas Hospice.
Telephone: 01284 747622
House Clearance Website
The Grand Organisers is a decluttering and organising service that operates in Cambridge, Suffolk, and Essex. One service they supply is assistance to organise your loved one’s belongings.
Telephone: 07974 086550
Grand Organisers Website
Moving forward is an initiative from ActivLives. It’s a free one to one advice service to help people to build new fulfilling lives after their role as a carer has ended. They offer information and advice about local opportunities, specialising in rebuilding social lives. They pride themselves in directing you to the services you need.
Telephone: 01473 345350 and ask about Moving Forward Service
St Nicholas Hospice Care:
Based in Bury St Edmunds, St Nicholas Hospice not only supply end of life care but also several different support services to aid with bereavement. One to one bereavement counselling is available from a trained volunteer or professional counsellor. They will also be able to guide you towards additional services in your area. Additionally, they offer a 24-hour help desk.
24h Helpline: 01284 766133
St Nicholas Hospice Care Website
Bereavement Support Groups in Suffolk
Bereavement support groups offer a level of support that can extend beyond usual therapy. Many people have found comfort in being with others facing similar problems and are at different stages through their bereavement journeys. Not only does the reminder that you are not alone help but seeing proof of healing is one of the most beneficial aspects to support groups.
Support groups can take many forms, from coffee groups to walking groups. We have compiled a list of support groups that are available in Suffolk. We also recommend asking your GP for other potential support groups in your area that might not be on this list. Just click on the name of the group to be directed to their website.
Sunrise Bereavement Group, Waveney
Telephone: 07511 472648
Open Door Carer Support Group, Halesworth
Telephone: 07519 153632
Telephone: 01473 254818
St Nicholas Hospice offers full and sensitive bereavement support and also has a ‘Stepping Forward’ Walking group.
Telephone: 01284 715572