Bereavement Advice

Guidance On What To Do Following A Death

Following a death, it is often the person who was closest to the deceased who is responsible for organising matters. As they will also be very emotionally distressed it is advised that they have a relative or friend to help them to make the necessary arrangements.

For help and guidance on what to do following a death, please view our Guidance page.

National Bereavement Service

Every bereavement is different and there are different processes dependent on your circumstances.

Telephone: 0800 0246 121


The Loss Foundation

The only UK charity dedicated solely to providing bereavement support following the loss of a loved one to cancer, whether that be spouses, family members, friends or colleagues.

Telephone: 0300 200 4112

Facebook: @thelossfoundation

Twitter: @LossFoundation



Providing grief support for children, young people and their families in Oxfordshire.

Telephone: 01865 744768



Cruse Bereavement Care Oxfordshire

They offer one-to-one counselling sessions and friendship groups to people who are trying to come to terms with the death of others.

Telephone: 01865 245398 



Late Spring Bereavement Support

For 60+ who have been bereaved. They meet twice a month over coffee and cake. They aim for relaxed, warm and friendly group. Runs on the second and fourth Monday of each month 10:00-11:30.

Telephone: 01235 849434


Live Well Oxfordshire

Live Well Oxfordshire has been developed by Oxfordshire County Council in partnership with Age UK Oxfordshire.

The directory has been designed to bring together information about groups and organisations offering services for adults with a variety of needs in one place.


Child Bereavement UK

Support for bereaved familes, online discussion forums and information.

Telephone: 0800 02 888 40


The Compassionate Friends

Support for parents and thier immediate familes after the death of a child/children at any age.

Telephone: 0345 123 2304


Grief Encounter Project

Workshops, one to one counselling, telephone advice, resources and an interactive website for bereaved children, young people and their families.

Telephone: 0808 802 0111


Survivors Of Bereavement By Suicide

National Helpline and other support services ran by a self-help group for people bereaved by suicide. Provide listening support and will put people in touch with their nearest local group.

Telephone: 0300 111 5065


Bereavement Advice Centre

Help with a wide range of practical issues that need to be managed after a bereavement, as well as signposting to other support services.


WAY - Widowed And Young

Offer a peer-to-peer support network for anyone who's lost a partner before their 51st birthday - married or not, with or without children, inclusive of sexual orientation, gender, race and religion.

Telephone: 0300 201 0051


Green Woodland Burial Site

Green Woodland Burial Site have many resources in the office that may be able to help point you in the right direction to bereavement services or organisations that offer help.

Telephone: 01367 700615

Facebook: @WestmillWoodlandBurialGround


Age UK Oxfordshire

Their groups offer the chance for you to get together at regular walks, pub lunches and other social activities. Their support line is available Monday to Friday, where you can talk to one of the team members.

Telephone: 01235 849434


Facing Bereavement

Facing Bereavement contains articles offering advice and guidance on facing and dealing with bereavement.


Institute of Civil Funerals

The Institute of Civil Funerals can help you find someone to conduct a non-religious funeral.

Telephone: 01480 861411


Lullaby Trust

Support for parents and carers of a child under 18 who has died.



Natural Death Centre

The Natural Death Centre offers advice on arranging a funeral with or without using a funeral director.

Telephone: 01962 712690



Samaritans are ordinary people from all walks of life who offer a sympathetic listening ear to despairing and suicidal people of all ages. Lines are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year; all calls are charged at the local rate.