The Coroners’ Courts Support Service is a registered charity whose volunteers give emotional and practical support to families and other witnesses attending inquests. For further information on The Coroners’ Courts Support Service please visit



INQUEST – Is the only charity providing free expertise on state related deaths and their investigation to bereaved people, as well as advising lawyers, agencies, the media and parliamentarians.  Their specialist casework includes death in police and prison custody, immigration detention, mental health settings and deaths where wider issues of state and corporate accountability are in question.  They are reliant on donations and grants, without which they could not carry on their vital work for truth, justice and accountability.  Tel: 020 7263 1111 Monday – Friday (answering service available)  Website:

CRUSE BEREAVEMENT SERVICES – Cruse Bereavement Care is the major UK charity offering support to bereaved people whatever their situation. Many local branches of Cruse offer individual or group support and for bereaved children too.  Helpline: 0808 808 1677  Monday- Friday 9.30am – 5pm   Website:   Email:  

THE BEREAVEMENT TRUST – Provides emotional support and a listening ear to people who have been bereaved.  The helpline is available from 6pm – 10pm every evening of the year.  Helpline: Freephone: 0800 435 4555  Website:   Email:

CROYDON BEREAVEMENT SERVICES –  Croydon Health Services Bereavement Service has offered support to the relatives and friends of those who die in Croydon University Hospital.  The service offers an opportunity to work through some of the painful emotions and difficulties following the death of a loved one in a confidential and supportive environment.  Bereavement Department 020 8401 3143/44   There is an answerphone service and calls will be returned.

BROMLEY BEREAVEMENT SERVICES – Community bereavement service offering free telephone and face to face support for those living in the London Borough of Bromley or cared for by a Bromley GP.  Monday- Friday 9am-5pm  Helpline: 020 8768 4595   Website: www. 

BROMLEY COUNSELLING AND BEREAVEMENT SERVICES  – Offer One to One counselling, couple counselling and clinical supervision.  They specialise in issues such as bereavement and loss, depression, anxiety, stress, relationships, addictions.   The counsellors are trained to work with what ever issues a client chooses to bring to counselling, in a safe, caring and confidential environment.  Tel: 020 8290 6293   Email:  

THE BEREAVEMENT SERVICES – MERTON and SUTTON – The Bereavement Service provides support and counselling for bereaved people who live and work in the London Boroughs of Merton and Sutton.  The service is also available to relatives of those who have died in hospitals in the Royal Marsden or Epsom & St Helier NHS Trusts and to patients registered with GP practices in the Sutton & Merton NHS PCT.  Monday- Friday 9am-2pm   Tel: 020 8643 9299

BEXLEY AND BROMLEY CRUSE – Cruse provides confidential counselling advice, information and support where appropriate to anyone living in the boroughs of Bexley and Bromley who is bereaved. Please telephone the referrals secretary on 020 8304 5245 who will make the necessary arrangements for a meeting with a Cruse volunteer.   If a message is left on the answer phone, the caller is contacted as soon as is practicable.  Tel: 020 8304 5245  Website:   Email:   

CHILD BEREAVEMENT UK – This charity supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child faces bereavement.  The charity’s vision is that when a child dies or is bereaved, all grieving children, young people and families have access to quality support and information relevant to their individual needs.  Helpline: 0800 028 8840  9am-5pm Monday – Friday (it is possible to leave messages after hours)   Website:    Email:    

CHILD DEATH HELPLINE – The Child Death Helpline, staffed by volunteers, aims to provide a confidential Freephone service to anyone affected  by the death of a child of any age, from pre-birth to adult, under any circumstances, however recently or long ago.  Callers might be parents, grandparents, siblings, other family members, friends or involved professionals and are given the opportunity to freely express worries and emotions.  Open 365 days a year.  Monday- Friday 10am-1pm Tuesday and Wednesday 1pm-4pm, every evening 7pm- 10pm.  Helpline: 0800 282 986   Mobile Phone Free Helpline: 0808 800 6019   Website:   Email:    

SURVIVORS OF BEREAVEMENT BY SUICIDE – SOBS – This is a self-help, voluntary organisation in which those helping have themselves been bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend.  Emotional and practical support is available.  Helpline: 0300 111 5065  9am-9pm  everyday  Website:  Email:   

CRY – CARDIAC RISK IN THE YOUNG – Every week in the UK young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions.  To reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death CRY promotes and develops heart screening programmes and funds medical research.  CRY supports those people diagnosed with cardiac conditions and offers bereavement support to families.  CRY funds fast track services at the CRY Centre for Sports Cardiology, the CRY Centre for Cardiac Pathology and the CRY Inherited Cardiovascular Conditions Clinic at leading London Hospitals.  Tel: 01737 363 222  Monday-Friday 10am-5pm   Website:   Email:  

BRAKE ROAD SAFETY CHARITY – This is a national charity dedicated to preventing road death and injury and to care for bereaved people following road traffic accidents.  The charity’s support division can help if you are bereaved or injured following a collision or if you are a professional supporting someone affected in that way.  Helpline; 0808 8000 401  9am-1pm Monday-Friday and Monday evening 7pm-9pm   Website;   Email:   

SAMARITANS – The Samaritans is a helpline that will help explore options, understand problems better or just show that someone is always prepared to listen. Freephone: 116 123   Website:   Email:   

MIND –  Provide advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem.  They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.  Advice and support is available to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem and they campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.  Tel: 0300 123 3393   Website: www.   Email: