I have recently lost someone close to me – who can I talk to about it?

St John’s Church (Earlestown, WA12 9BS) run a support group called ‘Lynk-Up’ for those who have lost someone close to them and may be feeling lonely or unable to cope. The group takes place on the third Thursday of every month in a relaxed and informal environment.

Cruse Bereavement Care is the UK’s largest bereavement charity and aims to promote the wellbeing of bereaved people and enables anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. Their telephone support-line (0808 808 1677) is available every weekday for someone to talk to.

NHS website has information on bereavement, grief and loss.

Child Bereavement UK provides free support and information to bereaved children and young people up to the age of 25 and parents bereaved of a baby or child, within the locality and surrounding areas.

Self-help books and CDs are available to help with bereavement through the ‘Books on Prescription’ service available at your local library.

There are also various support lines available for specific types of bereavement, for example child death. Please see the other FAQs in the bereavement section.