Bereavement

This chapter gives details of bereavement services and support groups for people that have been bereaved through a variety of different circumstances. For details of counselling services please refer to the Counselling section of this guide.

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) Cheshire Support Group

Address: Ashton House, 1a Gatefield St, Crewe CW1 2JP
Phone: 01606 738137. National helpline 9am – 9pm 0844 561 6855
E-mail: crewegroup@googlemail.com
Website: http://www.uk-sobs.org.uk
Contact Name: Ed Elcock
Office Hours: Meets monthly on the 1st Thursday of each month, phone first for times and venue.
Phone Hours: Phone number is home number so evening call best.
Comment: Self-help group for people who have been bereaved by suicide. Has a resource library and is able to loan books to members. This group is connected with the national organisation in Hull.

SANDS (Still Birth & Neonatal Death Society) – Stockport Branch

Address: 158 Petersburg Road, Stockport, SK3 9RB
Phone: 0161 480 9265 Stockport branch, 0207 436 5881 National Helpline (Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm)
E-mail: helpline@uk-sands.org
Website: http://www.uk-sands.org
Contact Name: Ann Kay
Office Hours: Stockport: Answerphone is in the day. Calls will be returned in the evening. Helpline Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm
Comment: Group meetings to offer mutual support and understanding to people affected by still births and neonatal bereavement. Newsletter and leaflets published by Head Office.

Compassionate Friends

Address: 53 North Street, Bristol BS3 1EN
Phone: Helpline 08451 232 304
E-mail: info@tcf.org.uk
Website: http://www.tcf.org.uk
Phone Hours: Helpline open daily, 10.00am -4.00pm & 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Comment: An international organisation of bereaved parents offering friendship and understanding to other bereaved parents. Contact is maintained by telephone calls, letters and personal visits.The Helpline is always answered by a bereaved parent who is there to listen when you need someone to talk to. They can also put you in touch with your nearest local contact.