Further help after losing someone

If you've lost someone to heart disease, there are many organisations and contacts that can help you during this difficult time.

Where to get help with practical matters

Bereavement Advice Centre

Offers support and advice on how to manage practical issues.
Tel: 0800 634 9494
Email: [email protected]
Web: Bereavement Advice website

Bereavement Benefit

To claim for Bereavement Benefit, you need to contact Job Centre Plus on the number below. Alternatively, follow the web link below for information.
Tel: 0800 055 6688
Web: Bereavement Allowance website

The Bereavement Register

A service that stops direct mail being sent out to the deceased.
Tel: 0800 0821 230 
Web: The Bereavement Register website

Bereavement Services Portal

Bereavement information and support. 
Web: Bereavement Services Portal website

Citizens Advice Bureau

Offers help and information on a wide range of topics such as benefits, housing and tax.
Web: Citizens Advice Bureau website 

Gift of Hope

A Gift of Hope tribute fund allows you to share wonderful memories of a loved one with family and friends, all the while raising funds for BHF. 
Web: Gift of Hope website

Golden Leaves

Golden Leaves helps you protect your family and loved ones from the financial and emotional burden of having to pay for and arrange your funeral service.
Tel: 0800 85 44 48
Web: Golden Leaves website


A good place to find relevant practical information, such as obtaining a death certificate, arranging a funeral and finding financial assistance.
Web: Gov.uk death information website

Mailing Preference Service

Free service supplied by the Direct Marketing Association to enable consumers to have their own names and addresses in the UK removed from lists used by the industry.
Web: Mailing Preference Service website

The Money Advice Centre

Financial information on what to do when someone dies.
Web: The Money Advice Centre death advice website

National Association of Funeral Directors

Funeral directors are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help people make funeral arrangements.
Tel: 0121 711 1343
Web: National Association of Funeral Directors website

Natural Death Centre

Provides independent funeral advice and information on all types of funeral choices.
Tel: 01962 712 690
Web: Natural Death Centre website

Probate and Inheritance Tax Helpline

Inland Revenue service offering advice on probate and inheritance tax.
Tel: 0300 123 1072
Web: Government inheritance tax website

Royal Mail Redirection Service

Redirects all post to a new address upon application.
Web: Royal Mail Redirection Service website

Where to get emotional support

Brake Charity

A charity supporting bereaved families of victims and road accidents.
Tel: 0808 800 401
Email: [email protected]
Web: Brake Charity website

Child Death Helpline

Offers support and befriending for those affected by child death.
Tel: 0800 282 986 or 0808 800 6019 if calling from a mobile
Web: Child Death Helpline website

Counselling Directory

The confidential online support network of UK counsellors and psychotherapists.
Tel: 0333 325 2500
Web: Counselling Directory website

Cruse Bereavement Care

Promotes the wellbeing of bereaved people, and helps them to understand their grief and cope with their loss. Provides support, counselling, information and advice.
Tel: 0808 808 1677
Web: Cruse Bereavement Care website

CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young)

Offers help, support and counselling to families who have lost an apparently fit and healthy young person to sudden cardiac death.
Tel: 01737 36 32 22
Email: [email protected] 
Web: CRY website

Dying Matters

National coalition aimed at changing the public perception of death and dying.
Tel: 0800 021 44 66
Web: Dying Matters website

Hope Again

Emotional support, counselling and advice for young people. Part of Cruse Bereavement Care.
Tel: 0808 808 1677
Email: [email protected]
Web: Hope Again website

London Friend – Lesbian and Gay Bereavement

A voluntary organisation offering bereavement support and practical information to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. London friend is London-based but has a large database of services and charities throughout the UK.
Tel: 020 7833 1674 
Email: [email protected]
Web: London Friend website

The Compassionate Friends

For parents who have lost a child of any age, including adult children.
Tel: 0345 120 3785 (office) or 0345 123 2304 (Helpline)
Email: [email protected]
Web: The Compassionate Friends website

The Ruby Care Foundation

A charity dedicated to the care of the terminally ill, companionship for the dying, and support and counselling for the bereaved.
Tel: 0333 117 556
Web: The Ruby Care Foundation website

The Samaritans

Available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.
Tel: 116 123
Email: [email protected]
Web: The Samaritans website

WAY (Widowed And Young)

Self-help, social and support network for men and women under 50 who have been widowed.
Tel: 0300 012 4929
Web: WAY Website

Winston’s Wish

Practical support and guidance for children and young people who have been bereaved, and their families.
Tel: 08088 020 021
Web: Winston's Wish website


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