One to one support

For some of us it can be hard to return to normal life after a death. Extra support from a grief specialist can be really valuable.

One to one support

We offer one to one sessions with one of our trained bereavement supporters.  These usually take place over the phone or via a video call.  You’ll normally see one of our volunteers between one and six times.

What happens during a session?

In one to one sessions you can explore your grief with your bereavement supporter. You can talk about the person who died, how their death is affecting you, and how you are coping. Using counselling skills, your supporter will help you to understand what you are going through and develop coping strategies. 

How can it help me?

One to one support offers a safe, confidential space for you to explore emotions.  It helps to you explore feelings and thoughts and make sense of your world.  It can be very helpful if you are feeling a lot of distress.

Does everyone need grief counselling?

If you’re struggling with grief, you might have been told you need counselling. But there’s actually a range of different things that can help if you’re finding it hard to cope:

  • Reading about what you are going through and learning more about grief
  • A one-off call with the Cruse Helpline or a different organisation
  • Joining a support group or starting a new group activity

It was such a relief to talk about my grief to someone who would listen and understand what I was going through.


Frequently Asked Questions

If you can’t find a branch near to you, call our Helpline on 0808 808 1677 where one of our volunteers will able to advise you about the type of support available in your area.

How many sessions you receive will depend on your personal circumstances. However we generally recommend anything between one and six support sessions.

Our one to one support sessions take place either on the phone, over Zoom or in person. The choice of where the session takes place will depend on your personal circumstances and proximity to your local Cruse branch.