COVID 19 Update: Due to the current COVID 19 situation it is likely that many of the face to face organisations and services listed across our website are suspended. Please call to check first.
Do you want to find groups and support in the community that might help you improve your health and wellbeing? You can find lots of local support from charities to social groups in the Health Connections Mendip Directory.
Somerset Suicide Bereavement Support Service is here for anyone bereaved by suicide in Somerset. We offer emotional support as well as guidance through the trauma of sorting out personal affairs. Fully trained members of staff advise on matters such as liaising with the Police, Coroner’s office and faith groups. Most importantly, we are here to listen at a time of great stress and anguish.
We are now able to offer support via Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, telephone, or via our new Chat box which is located in the bottom right-hand corner of our website. Individuals can also reach us via email. We aim to respond to anyone who contacts us within 48 hrs during the working week.
Our team will continue to ensure our services are available and accessible to anyone bereaved by suicide over this critical period. Next month we are offering two online Peer Support Group sessions, one in the evening, and one during the day. Thursday 4th June: 7pm to 8.30pm (via the Zoom app) and Monday 15th June: 2pm to 3.30pm
Local information booklet is available from the link below. Also –
Somerset Bereavement Support Partnership
Marie Curie Companions Service provide a one to one emotional and bereavement support for all. Additional specialist help will also be available if needed. Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm.
A community based drop in group, run by Dorothy House and We Hear You. This group is for anyone affected by life limiting illness or associated bereavement, to connect with people in similar situation and chat to volunteers in an informal setting. Every Tuesday from 26th November, 10:00 am until 12:00 noon at the Cheese and Grain, Frome.
The Royal British Legion is helping the Armed Forces community in the Frome area. Providing a range of Branch Community Support to veterans and any serving personnel as well as their families, Including:
Telephone buddies, Home and Hospital visiting, Bereavement support, Legion Awareness Events and local information. If you’re not sure where to turn, please get in touch.
Friends in Grief Group meet at the Shepton Mallet Brasserie, High Street, Shepton Mallet every Wednesday 10am – 12pm. Dorothy House staff are available at meeting for support and advice.
Our trained volunteers offer comfort, support and practical advice to the bereaved from 6pm until 10pm. If the line is engaged, please ring 0800 9177 416.
Based at a beautiful market garden on the outskirts of Frome, we offer a supportive group space for adults to participate in a range of activities:
Growing edible produce, natural crafts, practical skills, also mindfulness & creative exercises.
Our site is within walking distance of Frome’s town centre, and there is limited parking. Unfortunately the terrain is not wheel-chair friendly and reasonable mobility is required to attend. We provide all the tools and materials you need, plus tea & biscuits.
It’s free to join us! Just bring a packed lunch, outdoor clothes, boots and waterproofs!
Come & sit around our campfire drinking tea, listening to birdsong & relaxing!
Wookey Hub, High Street, Wookey Nr Wells. 2nd Wednesday of the month 2pm – 3.30pm.
We all need support after the death of someone close. Bereavement benefits provide extra money to ease the financial strain after the death of a spouse or civil partner. You can get support even if you’re not on a low income. From April 2017, a new benefit Bereavement Support Payment (BSP) replaces three benefits: Bereavement Payment, Bereavement Allowance and Widowed Parents Allowance. BSP has been introduced for new claims relating to a death on or after 6 April 2017. If your spouse or civil partner died before 6 April 2017, you should make a claim under the old system.
What happens if I’m already receiving bereavement benefits?
If you’re already claiming bereavement benefits you will continue to receive them. You don’t need to do anything.
Bereavement Support Payment (BSP)
BSP is available to anyone under State Pension age whose husband, wife or civil partner has made enough National Insurance (NI) contributions. It provides a one-off lump sum followed by up to 18 monthly payments. BSP isn’t means-tested and all payments are tax free. There are two rates of support:
You’ll receive a maximum of 18 payments if you claim within three months of the death. If you claim after that, the number of payments will be reduced.
Bereavement Allowance is a weekly payment, made for up to a year after the death of your husband, wife or civil partner. You should claim within three months of their death. The exact rate you get depends on your age. See this website for more information. You may be eligible if:
Widowed Parent’s Allowance
You may get Widowed Parent’s Allowance (WPA) if all the following apply:
You may also claim WPA if you’re pregnant and your husband has died, or you’re pregnant after fertility treatment and your civil partner has died.
If your husband, wife or civil partner died on or after 6 April 2017 you may be eligible for Bereavement Support Payment instead.
If you need help to pay for a funeral, you may be eligible for a loan from the Social Fund or a funeral payment.
Losing a baby during pregnancy can be a very unhappy, frightening and lonely experience. The Miscarriage Association helps by offering support and information for anyone affected by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy
ARC offers non-directive information and support to parents before, during and after antenatal screening; when they are told their baby has an anomaly; when they are making difficult decisions about continuing with or ending a pregnancy, and when they are coping with complex and painful issues after making a decision, including bereavement.
SANDS offers support for anyone who has been affected by the loss of a baby.
The Bereavement Office provides a service for the newly bereaved families of patients who die at RUH; Call the Bereavement Office Manager or email for more information – Monday – Friday 08:30am – 4.30pm.
The Bereavement Office provides a service for the newly bereaved families of patients who die at Musgrove Park. To arrange an appointment with one of our Bereavement Support Officers please ring the number below.
Somerset Partnership have put together self help guides on a number of topics including bereavement. See link below.
We offer a confidential place to come to talk through your worries. We give supportive help for those facing a crisis pregnancy, or needing post-abortion counselling or baby loss recovery support, or for pregnancy related issues. Please ring for an appointment. We’re open Monday to Saturday for appointments only. Please ring and leave a message, or send an email, and we’ll get back to you discretely to arrange an appointment at a convenient time.
Committed to providing specialist palliative care, advice, support and respite to patients and their families living in Somerset and parts of neighbouring counties. Our care is available for those who have a terminal or life-limiting illness, for example cancer, motor neurone disease and chronic lung disease. For general information and advice, or for healthcare professional referrals to all patient services, there is now only ONE number to get help.
Marie Curie helper service support people living with any terminal illness, and their families. We offer expert care, guidance and support to help them get the most from the time they have left as well as support for the carers.
If you are affected or have been bereaved by cancer or another life threatening condition, We Hear You provides free, professional counselling. We support children, young people and adults in Mendip from various locations across Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset and Wiltshire.
We also offer mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), outdoor therapy courses and exercise/wellbeing activities. Please contact us for information about activities currently on offer
Please note that all our counselling will be delivered by telephone or via an online video portal during the covid-19 outbreak and until further notice
In response to the current crisis we have developed a service specifically for those people affected by coronavirus. We can offer you support over the phone to help you cope with the emotional impact of Covid-19. Please contact us to arrange a telephone appointment. The service provides up to four telephone sessions with an experienced counsellor. It’s not a counselling service, however those who access the Covid-19 service are able to go on our waiting list for counselling once telephone support has ended.
If you’ve lost a friend or loved one to cancer or a life-threatening condition, including Covid-19, We Hear You provides free, professional counselling.
Meet others who are in a similar situation in a friendly and informal setting. Drop in group on the second Monday of the month 9.45-11.45 noon. Held upstairs at Frome Medical Practice, Enos Way, Frome.
The Bereavement Advice Centre supports bereaved people on a range of practical issues via a single freephone number. We give practical information and advice and signposting on the many issues and procedures that face us after the death of someone close. If we do not know the answer to a concern or query we will research it and call back within an agreed period of time or signpost to another organisation which can give the information required.
We welcome calls from bereaved people and the professionals and volunteers who support them. Bereavement Advice Centre helps many people every day and aims to give straightforward, useful advice when you need it.
We provide confidential support, information and guidance to families and professionals throughout the UK. Our professionally trained bereavement support workers are available to take calls 9am – 5pm Monday-Friday.
Helpline for anyone affected by the death of a child of any age, from pre-birth to adult, under any circumstances, however recently or long ago. Monday to Friday 10am to 1pm, Tuesdays & Wednesdays 1pm to 4pm, every evening 7pm to 10pm.
The Hospital Bereavement Service will provide you with as much guidance as you need during the early days of a hospital bereavement. The service is available between 9am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday on 01935 384746 or 07990671855.
Specialist advice and information is also available for parents who lose a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death, please contact the Hospital Bereavement Service on the above numbers for guidance.
Our aim is to provide free and confidential emotional support and information to anyone who is affected by the loss, or anticipated loss, of a pet or assistance animal through illness, euthanasia, natural death or other circumstances like theft or attack. We commit to providing this support service every day of the year from 8.30am to 8.30pm.
Committed to assisting in relieving distress, whether mental, physical, spiritual or emotional, caused by the bereavement of a child
Offering support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies and work to enhance society’s care of bereaved people.
Please contact Somerset Cruse on 01458 898211, leave your name and address and Cruse will send you some information along with a referral form.
A self-help, voluntary organisation which aims to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend. Our nearest support group is in Bristol- please visit our website for details.
The leading childhood bereavement charity and the largest provider of services to bereaved children, young people and their families in the UK
CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. We provide clinical, practical, financial and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. We are there from diagnosis onwards and aim to help the whole family deal with the impact of cancer and its treatment, life after treatment and, in some cases, bereavement.