Bereavement

The death of a loved one can be devastating, and affects people in different ways.

Support and advice are available to help you through such a difficult time.

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Walsall Bereavement Support Service

Walsall Bereavement Support Service offers free confidential support and counselling to help bereaved adults and children come to terms with their feelings about their loss and work through their grief.

Address: Globe House, 3 Bradford Place, Walsall, West Midlands WS1 1PL

Adult Helpline: 01922 724841

Child & Family Helpline: 01922 645035

Website: http://www.wbss.org.uk/

For Adults, please email: admin@wbss.org.uk

For Children & Young People, please email: children@wbss.org.uk

Coping with bereavement

There are 2 NHS Choices articles that can provide useful information and links to extra support:

Each of the following sections below can also provide helpful information tailored to specific situations and circumstances.

Children and young people

The Co-operative Funeralcare with CHUMS have created some animated videos to help children better understand death and grief:

The website Hope Again has been designed by young people for young people to cope with grief. Here you can find vlogs, blogs and videos of other people’s stories, and how they coped.

Child Bereavement UK supports families when a baby or child dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.

This NHS Choices article provides useful information and links to other helpful sources for children.

This NHS Choices article provides useful information and links to other helpful sources for young people.

Death of a parent

The death of a parent is heart breaking at any age.

The Co-operative Funeralcare with CHUMS have created some animated videos to help children better understand death and grief:

The NHS Choices website also has a video that you can watch.

This Bereavement Ireland article can provide you with useful information on coping with the death of a parent in adult life.

Death of someone you care for

When a person you care for passes away, it can leave a hole in your life that can be hard to fill, as caring for that person becomes a major part of your life.

This NHS Choices article gives advice on how to register a death, and ways that a carer can move on with their lives afterwards.

The person you care for may be approaching the end of their life, in this end of life care guide you can find information about your rights an choices, and what to expect from end of life care.

Death of a baby

It is a huge shock to lose a baby, and you and your partner may find it difficult to cope with.

The NHS Choices website provides helpful information on how to cope with your loss, and saying goodbye to your baby.

You can find videos and written interviews on Healthtalk.org, of people talking about their experiences after losing their baby.

You can also contact Sands for support, via the email helpline@sands.org.uk or call 0808 164 3332.

Suicide

Being bereaved by suicide has been described as ‘grief with the volume turned up’. If you or someone you know has been affected by suicide, you can find emotional and practical support through Support After Suicide.

Their website provides helpful information that can help you cope with your grief, and support other people through theirs.

You can access their booklet Help is at Hand, which you can view online and print.