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.

Local services

Across England, Wales and Northern Ireland our trained bereavement volunteer offer support to adults and children, face-to-face, in groups or by telephone and email. 

National helpline

The Cruse Bereavement Care National Helpline is staffed by trained bereavement volunteers, who offer emotional support by telephone or by email. Call freephone 0808 808 1677.

Our stories

Read stories from those we have helped, and from our volunteers.