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Looking out for teammates and supporting grieving families

Many of us come into contact with bereaved colleagues during the course of our working lives and even the most confident person can find it hard to know what to say. Your colleague may want to talk about what happened and one of the most helpful things you can do is simply listen and give them the time and setting to express their grief as they choose.

You may want to pass on the contact details below, so your colleague can access confidential and independent support. Behind the uniform, we are here for you and for them.

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Traumatic Bereavement

A traumatic loss is one that is sudden and unexpected, and often results from horrific or frightening circumstances. We provide information for those affected by natural disaster, terrorist attack, suicide and other traumatic losses. A traumatic loss can give rise to special problems, and sources of further help are given at the end of each section. We have a range of resources and information concerning traumatic bereavement that can be accessed here.


Cruse Bereavement Care 'Core' Services

Grief is a natural process, but it can be devastating. For those who need help, Cruse offers free confidential support for adults and children, and this can be by telephone or face-to-face.

Cruse Bereavement Care is here to support you after the death of someone close. If someone you know has died and you need to talk, call us freephone on 0808 808 1677.

The helpline is open Monday-Friday 9.30-5pm (excluding bank holidays), with extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, when we’re open until 8pm.


Publications (FREE)

Has Someone Died? Restoring Hope

This is an 18 page booklet to help you in bereavement, with information about what you might be feeling, how you can take care of yourself, how as a friend or relative you can help others in their bereavement, looking to the future, and about how to help bereaved children and young people.


Coping with Trauma and Loss

A six page leaflet to help you when someone close to you may have died in sudden and/or traumatic circumstances. You may have witnessed the death, or the deaths and injury of others. This leaflet explains some common reactions and sources of help.


Other ways we can help

We offer informationpublications, and support for children. We also have a number of specialist projects.


Other people & agencies who can help

Check out our list of other charities and organisations who can help you after someone dies.


Bereavement by Suicide

The Facing the Future service has been developed by Samaritans and Cruse Bereavement Care to help support people who have been bereaved by suicide.

The Finding the Words Guide offers advice on how to support someone who has been bereaved and affected by suicide.

The Help is at Hand guide is produced by Public Health England and the National Suicide Prevention Alliance.

The guide (Cymorth wrth Law Cymru) is also available in Cymraeg.