Supporting somebody who is grieving

Providing support for someone who is grieving can involve a lot of intense emotions like anger, guilt, depression, and sadness. Often, people are reluctant to offer support for fear of saying the wrong thing and making the grieving person feel worse. Simply being there with a shoulder and a listening ear is the most important thing you can do. You don't have to have all the answers and say all the right things.

Key things to help a person with a recent bereavement

  • Reach out to them - don't let fear of saying or doing the wrong thing stop you.
  • Listen to what they say
  • Offer practical assistance - ask more direct questions. For example say "I'm going to the supermarket, can I get you something?" as opposed to "Let me know if you need anything".
  • Continue to support them.

Organisations which offer bereavement support

NHS Bereavement Support

Most people experience grief when they lose something or someone important to them. If these feelings are affecting your life, there are things you can try that may help.

NHS: Grief after bereavement or loss

Marie Curie bereavement support service

The bereavement service is for people who might want to have ongoing support, from the same bereavement volunteer, over the phone. Whether your bereavement was expected, happened recently or was some time ago, they can help. They can also support you before your loved one dies.

Marie Curie's Bereavement Support Service

Cruse Bereavement Support

Cruse helps people through one of the most painful times in life - with bereavement support, information and campaigning.

Cruse Bereavement Support

The Good Grief Trust

The Good Grief Trust is run by the bereaved, for the bereaved. They help those bereaved from day one, acknowledge their grief and provide reassurance, a virtual hand of friendship and ongoing support.

The Good Grief Trust

At a Loss

At a Loss help bereaved people find support and wellbeing.

At a Loss