Bereavement Support in Surrey

Bereavement Support in Surrey

Bereavement support in Surrey Losing a loved one can be one of life’s greatest difficulties. In particular, the loss of a parent or spouse can leave a lasting impact on the family left behind. If you want to read more about coping with bereavement, please read Age Space’s Guide to Death and Grief.

Specialist organisations exist in order to help you with your grieving process, as well as support groups that provide an opportunity to be with others who have also experienced loss. Support groups can be particularly helpful if you feel isolated because of your grief.

The following page looks at bereavement support options available for you in Surrey.

Bereavement Support Services in Surrey

Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse Bereavement Care are regarded nationally as one of the leading charities in helping people to deal with grief. They have four branches across Surrey that provide local services, with an aim to offer help and support to bereaved people through a range of services, depending on needs and preference. This includes telephone sessions, face-to-face support and discussion groups.

Services are free, confidential and delivered by trained professionals. Please find contact details for your local group below to get involved.

  • Surrey East: 01737 772834
  • Epsom Ewell and Mole Valley Branch: 020 8393 7238
  • Surrey North: 01932 571177
  • Surrey South West: 01483 565 660

Princess Alice Hospice Bereavement Outreach

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The Princess Alice Hospice work with local communities to provide bereavement support outside of the Hospice itself. These services are open to anyone across Surrey who has suffered a loss.

Community Bereavement Cafés

Community Bereavement Cafés are drop-in sessions that are open to all bereaved people. They offer refreshments and a chance to talk with someone who is trained to listen, or to share experiences with other bereaved people.

You can find the full list of Bereavement Cafés that the Princess Alice Hospice is associated with on their website:

Bereavement Support Library

When a friend or family member dies, you may not feel ready to talk to anyone about how you’re feeling. Reading about death and grief, whether real or fictional, can help to make better sense of grief and bereavement for some people.

The Princess Alice Hospice’s Library has a loanable collection about bereavement. Anyone can join the Library and borrow resources. You can get in touch or visit their website for further details.

Bereavement Support Book Club

The Hospice facilitates community book groups with the aim of bringing like-minded people together so that they can offer each other support. The Hospice tries to group people from the same area together so, it can take several months for a group to become available.

Although Princess Alice Hospice facilitates the groups, the book group itself is owned and operated by its members. Meeting, book choices and venues will be organised by members after the first 5 or 6 sessions.

Way Up

Way Up is an online self-help group aimed at providing mutual support to those who have been widowed. The group is primarily, but not exclusively, for those in their 50’s and 60’s and is UK-wide. Way Up is a group with a positive, forward looking attitude to rebuilding lives.

An online forum provides an important space for members to initiate friendships, exchange views and to give or receive care and support. Way Up also helps facilitate meet ups in person; members can organise events or outings across the UK and the group occasionally travel together abroad. There is not a formal network of local groups, however members can find other local members to arrange meeting up closer to home.


The Samaritans are one of Britain’s oldest charities and aim to help people through difficult times. The Samaritans are especially trained in helping people deal with bereavement and sometimes just talking to someone outside of family and friends can be of tremendous help.

There are five Samaritans local branches across Surrey, all of which provide a listening services. You can call during branch opening times for support and advice, or if you are feeling helpless outside of opening hours, you can call the national Samaritans helpline 24/7 on 116 123.

Some branches also provide a face to face help service. This means you can visit the branch office and talk to a volunteer in a private and safe environment. There is no need to make appointments, but you will be able to look at your local branch’s website for their opening hours.

There is a strong sense of community at each Samaritans branch. Many people volunteer at the branches after they receive help, as they want to use their experiences to help others through a difficult time.

You can visit the website of any of Samaritans’ Surrey branches through the links below. All of them can be reached on the number: 0330 094 5717