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.

Bereavement support in Surrey

Specialist organisations can help you in your grief. Talking to others in support groups provides is 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.

This page looks at bereavement support options available in Surrey, so that you can find a local place to find help.

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 three hubs providing local services in Surrey. They aim to offer help and support to bereaved people, through a range of services depending on need 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

Epsom Ewell and Mole Valley Branch: 020 8393 7238
South East Surrey Branch: 01737 772834
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Email: surrey.east@cruse.org.uk

Surrey North

Elmbridge, Runnymede, Spelthorne and Woking areas.
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Telephone: 01932 571177
Emailsurreynorth@cruse.org.uk

South West Surrey

Guildford, Surrey Heath and Waverley Borough Council areas.
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Telephone: 01483 565660
Email: southwestsurrey@cruse.org.uk

Princess Alice Hospice Bereavement Outreach

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Prince Alice Hospice work with local communities to provide bereavement support beyond 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, open to all bereaved people. They offer refreshments and a chance to talk with someone who is trained to listen, and to share experiences with other bereaved people. There are 8 bereavement cafes:

  • Ashford
    • Telephone: 01784 240660
    • Third Friday of each month: 2pm -3:30pm
    • King’s Community Church, St Martin’s Court, TW15 3NB
  • Banstead (run in partnership with Age Concern so particularly suitable for older people)
    • Telephone: 01737 352156
    • Second Thursday of each month: 11am – 12.30pm
    • Banstead Day Centre, The Horseshoe, SM7 2BQ
  • Brockham
    • Telephone: 07871 195381 or 07511 852301
    • First Friday of each month:  3.30pm to 4.30pm
    • Christ Church Community Hall, Brockham Green, RH3 7JH
  • Cobham
    • Telephone:  01932 586988
    • Second Friday of each month:  2.30pm to 4.00pm
    • Cobham United Church, 38 Stoke Road, KT11 3BD
  • East Molesey (walk and talk service available at same time)
    • Telephone: 020 8941 5901
    • Second Thursday of each month: 12:30 – 2pm
    • St Mary’s Cafe, St Mary’s Road, KT8 0ST
  • Ewell
    • Telephone: 020 8393 2643
    • Third Tuesday of each month: 2:45pm -3:45pm
    • St Mary’s Church Hall, London Road, KT17 2AY
  • Fetcham
    • Telephone: 01372 375000
    • First Wednesday of each month: 10am – 11.30am
    • St Mary’s Church Hall, 10A The Ridgeway, KT22 9AZ
  • Tattenham Corner
    • Telephone: 01737 353011
    • Second Saturday of each month: 10:30am – 11:30am
    • St Mark’s Church, Great Tattenhams, KT18 5RD

Bereavement Support Library

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

The Hospice Library has a loanable collection about bereavement. Anyone can join the Library and borrow resources.

Email library@pah.org.uk to book an appointment.

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. You can register your interest by filling out this form. The Hospice tries to group people from the same area together and 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 active and 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 and important space for members to initiate friendships, exchange views and to give and receive care and support. Way Up also organises meet ups in person. Members organise events or outings across the UK, and the group occasionally travel together abroad. There is not formal network of local groups, however members can find other local members to arrange meeting up closer to home.

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MASH – Men Alone Self Help Group

MASH is a very small support group available for men in the Dorking area who have lost their partner. They provide regular meetings to chat and share experiences and advice.

Telephone: 01306 883961 (Tom Pearson)
Emailmashdorking@googlemail.com

Samaritans

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

There are 5 Samaritans local branches across Surrey. All of which provide a listening services – you can call during branch opening times for support and advice. If you are feeling helpless outside of opening hours, you can call the national Samaritans helpline 24/7 on 116 123.

Some also provide a face to face help service. This means you ca visit the branch office and talk to a volunteer in a private and safe environment. There is no need to make appointments but visit your local branch website for 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.

Guildford

  • Face to face
  • Listening services
  • Wheelchair accessible

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Telephone: 0330 094 5717

Farnborough & District

  • Face to face
  • Listening services

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Telephone: 0330 094 5717

Leatherhead

  • Face to face
  • Listening service

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Telephone: 0330 094 5717

Walton-on-Thames

  • Listening service
  • Wheelchair accessible

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Telephone: 0330 094 5717

East Surrey

  • Face to face
  • Listening service
  • Wheelchair accessible

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Telephone: 0330 094 5717

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