Press release: Cruse Bereavement Support charity pays its respects to Her Majesty The Queen

The UK’s largest bereavement charity, Cruse Bereavement Support is deeply saddened to hear about the death of their Royal Patron Her Majesty The Queen.

Queen Elizabeth II has been Cruse Bereavement Support’s Royal Patron for 38 years after choosing to support the charity in 1984.

The Queen was a long-time supporter of the charity and during her patronage invited staff and volunteers to a number of high profile events to honour their commitment and contribution to Cruse. She helped celebrate Cruse’s 60th anniversary in 2019 with a reception at St James Palace.

As a bereavement charity, Cruse is now here for anyone and everyone at this time of national mourning. Their website has extensive advice and support for bereavement and they are extending their National Helpline opening hours to support people who have been affected by The Queen’s death.

Steven Wibberley, Chief Executive of Cruse Bereavement Support said:

“We are deeply saddened to hear about the death of our Royal Patron and longstanding supporter, Her Majesty The Queen. Our thoughts go out to her family and the nation at this time.

“A public death can be unsettling and upsetting especially someone who has been head of our country for most our lives. We may not all have personally know or have met her, but feelings of grief at this time will be very real for so many. We want the public to know, they are not alone, we are here to support anyone affected by this incredibly sad news.”



For press enquiries contact Morgen Evans, Media Manager at Cruse Bereavement Support by emailing [email protected]. For urgent out of hour media enquiries please call 07904 662001.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also recognised the importance of the charity’s work when they personally picked Cruse Bereavement Support as one of the 26 charities to benefit from their Royal Wedding Charitable gift fund.

About Cruse Bereavement Support:

Cruse Bereavement Support is the UK’s leading bereavement charity for people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We help people through one of the most painful times in life – with bereavement support, information and campaigning. We are here to make sure that everyone grieving gets the support they need, when they need it.

You can access our services through our website, national helpline (0808 808 1677), live chat, group, zoom, telephone or one-to-one in person support. We have a specially trained, dedicated team of 4,000 bereavement volunteers and also provide training and consultancy for external organisations and for those who may encounter bereaved people in the course of their work.

Click here for support and information.