Military family project | Cruse Bereavement Care

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The Cruse Military Family project is funded by the Libor Fund administered by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund. The project end date is the first quarter of 2021.

What do we do?

When a death occurs in the Military its effect on those left behind can be very traumatic. If the death was due to active service the circumstances could have been difficult to hear and bring media coverage.

To help those serving and their families Cruse Bereavement Care has been working with Welfare Teams from all three services to deliver Bereavement Awareness training.  

We offer a one-day course giving skills, knowledge and confidence to help Welfare Units deal with a bereavement.

How the project helps

The training we provide helps those working in the welfare area of the military to understand bereavement and how it may impact those left behind. 

This will enable Welfare Teams to offer immediate support bereaved families, and give appropriate advice and help about coping with grief and shock of that bereavement.

Project Delivery

  • The training is delivered as a one-day Bereavement Awareness course
  • Delivery is to the Welfare Team of a unit that refers itself to us.
  • Some of those who attend will already  have some knowledge in this area. The training builds on that to enhance their knowledge and give them an enhanced toolkit for working with those who have been bereaved.
  • Those who attend but have no knowledge in this area will gain confidence in how to help and communicate with bereaved people.

What have we done so far

  • The project started in September 2017 and the first training was delivered in June 2018. 
  • From June 2018 till December 2018 we delivered to 20 sites 18 in the UK 1 in Northern Ireland and 1 in Belgium to Nato HQ British Area. In total we delivered training to 300 attendees.
  • From January 2019 to December 2019 we have delivered to another 21 sites 20 in the UK and again 1 session in Belgium. We delievered training to 420 attendees. 
  • For 2020 we currently have 10 locations booked in. 9 in the UK and again 1 session for Belgium.
  • In 2020 we will be launching our e-learning module for those in the military, whether serving or veteran.

Get involved 

If you would like Cruse to deliver the Bereavement Awareness Training to your unit contact the Project Manager Gary Martin at

Immediate help following a bereavement 

If you have had a bereavement and would like to get help or advice then contact Cruse Helpline on Freephone 0808 808 1677.

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