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Coping with the loss of a relative or friend can be extremely painful and isolating.  The grieving process affects everybody in different ways, and is different because each loss is different.  However, there are professionals who are able to listen and offer guidance through bereavement, working for charities and organisations which specialise in understanding different loss situations.  You may also be trying to support somebody you care about through a bereavement.  This can be tough to always know how to help best.  There are services listed below which can also help you.

CRUSE is a charity supporting people of all ages through bereavement, or the loss of a loved one.  They have trained volunteers who can provide face-to-face support in their branch (Melton and Rutland Brand telephone: 01664 500802) The CRUSE National Helpline  (0844 477 9400) is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm except for Tuesdays when it is open until 8pm.

The Widows Group  meet on the second Saturday of each month to provide friendship and support for all those, young and old, who have lost their husband or wife.  For more information, contact Brenda Curtis on 01664 500144.

SURVIVORS OF BEREAVEMENT BY SUICIDE (previously known as SOBS) The Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide support group meets at 7-9pm on the second Thursday of each month at Melton Country Park Visitors Centre, off Wymondham Way, Melton.  For more details, contact Lynn or Howard 07935 840 896 or email:

SOBS also has a national line that exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend. Call for support on: 0844 561 6855.

SAMARITANS – need someone to talk to? Samaritans provides confidential emotional support 24/7 to people experiencing despair, distress due to the loss of a friend or loved through suicide.  At any time of day or night call either the local Leicestershire Samaritans on 0116 270 007 or call the National Number: 08457 90 90 90.  If you have no credit or land line, you can TEXT: 07725 90 90 90 and ask them to call you.  Email the Samaritans for online correspondence:

Stephen’s Footprints is an open self-help group for any anybody who has been affected by the loss of a baby at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or shortly afterwards.  Meeting at The Samworth Centre, Melton Mowbray, every 1st and 3rd Monday, 10am-12 with evening meetings on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at 7 - 8.30pm. 

THE LAURA CENTRE  For when a child dies or is bereaved.  The Laura Centre can provide therapeutic support to anyone bereaved of a child or young person and/or support for children bereaved of a parent or carer. TEL: 0116 254 4341

Leicester Sands is a voluntary group of parents who have all experienced the death of a baby either during pregnancy or soon after birth. They offer support, understanding, comfort and most importantly, a listening ear. They are able to offer telephone support and support meetings. Support meetings are very informal and held in a relaxed atmosphere. Telphone:07721068464

Careconfidential - This website offers post-termination counselling support using a programme called ‘The Journey’, as well as counselling for baby loss through miscarriage or still birth. Telephone: 07599397938


Losing a pet can be devastating, and adjusting to life without a loved companion can take time. Often over looked by those who do not understand how losing a pet feels, you may feel better talking to someone who can lend a sympathetic ear.

Call THE BLUE CROSS support line to talk to a trained volunteer who can offer emotional support and information.  Tel: 0800 096 6606 (8.30am - 8.30pm every day). All calls are free and confidential from a landline.

The Society for Companion Animal Studies offers a fortnightly online bereavement group session (Tuesdays at 6.30pm) where you can share your story, experience and worries after the loss of a pet. 


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