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Cruse Bereavement Care Appoints New Trustees

Five new trustees have been appointed to Cruse Bereavement Care, joining the Board of Trustees led by Chair, Fiona Edwards.  The new trustees bring a wealth of expertise including policy, planning, senior management, commercial skills and finance. Their experiences cover both the private and public sector.

The new appointments will mean the Board of Trustees has a greater representation and which will support Cruse to effectively deliver our strategic plan and vision.

Our deepest sympathies to those affected by the Paris attacks

Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with all those affected by the attacks in Paris – those who died, those who have lost loved ones, those who were injured and those who witnessed the attacks.

At Saturday's Cruse Bereavement Care Annual General Meeting Chair of Cruse Fiona Edwards opened proceedings, saying: "We go into our sessions today with thoughts of the terrible events in Paris always present as we focus on our ongoing work to help bereaved people."

More than one in ten people struggle with funeral expenses

New research by Royal London reveals the cost of an average, basic funeral in the UK has increased by 3.9%. This is higher than annual UK inflation of 1% (as measured by RPI). The average funeral is now £3,702 – up £140 from £3,562 in 2014.

The new Index reveals the cost of a funeral continues to be a postcode lottery. Funerals range from £2,976, for a cremation in Greenock, to £7,216 for a burial in Beckenham, Kent – a difference of £4,240.

Cruse and Samaritans join forces to help people bereaved by suicide

Cruse Bereavement Care and Samaritans are launching a series of free support groups, named Facing the Future, for people bereaved by suicide.

Each group, with a maximum of eight participants, will provide vital and tailored support to those who have lost someone to suicide, as well as providing an opportunity to meet others who have had similar experiences.

New suicide prevention plan to support most vulnerable in Wales

People who are vulnerable to suicide and people who self harm will be offered greater levels of support as part of a new five-year plan to reduce suicide and self harm in Wales. Cruse Cymru is a member of the Suicide and Self harm Welsh Government Advisory group who have led on the Strategy for Prevention of Suicide and Self Harm in Wales

Cruse remembers those affected by the 7/7 bombings

Cruse volunteers, staff and all those attending the Cruse Bereavement Care Conference in Warwick today will remember all those affected by the London bombing ten years ago. We will remember all those who lost their lives, were injured and were bereaved, with a minutes silence. Cruse was there at the time, and ten years on we are still here to support anyone who needs somewhere to turn when someone dies.

Our sympathies to those affected by the attacks in Tunisia

Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with all those affected by the attacks in Tunisia – those who have lost loved ones, those who were injured, those who witnessed the attack and those facing an agonising wait for news.

The atrocity will also have triggered memories for those bereaved in other situations. Everyone’s experience is unique but no-one needs face the trauma alone. Cruse Bereavement Care provides somewhere to turn, through our national helpline and network of local services across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, in the days, weeks and months ahead.