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.
Retirement Gateways are places where people can meet others who have retired, find out about volunteering opportunities or just meet others and make new friends.
Every three months across Mendip. Call for details.
Comfort Club Bereavement – Wookey near Wells
Wookey Hub, High Street, Wookey Nr Wells. 2nd Wednesday of the month 2pm – 3.30pm.
Evercreech Bereaved Friends Group
All are welcome to join this friendly group who meet on the Third Sunday afternoon of each month in The Back room of the Village Hall starting at 3pm.
You don’t have to live in Evercreech, you don’t need to have come before, nor does coming to one meeting mean that you are committed to coming again. We welcome all to come and go as you please.
Revd. Rosey Lunn (830322), Helen Nicholls (860321),
or Nick Sommer (830060)
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
- 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:
- if you have dependent children, you’ll receive a £3,500 lump sum and a £350 monthly payment
- if you have no dependents, you’ll get a £2500 lump sum and £100 monthly payment.
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.
Other bereavement benefits
These benefits apply if your spouse or partner died on or before 5 April 2017. Bereavement benefits under the old system can affect your other benefits, so check this before claiming.
Bereavement Payment is a one-off tax-free payment of £2000. You must claim it within a year of the death of your husband, wife or civil partner. You may be eligible if:
- your spouse or civil partner paid enough National Insurance (NI) contributions, or died as the result of an industrial accident or disease
- at the time of your spouse or civil partner’s death, you were under State Pension age, or you were over State Pension age but your partner was not eligible for a State Pension based on their NI contributions.
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. You may be eligible if:
- at the time of your spouse or civil partner’s death, you were over 45 but under State Pension age
- your spouse or civil partner paid enough NI contributions, or died as the result of an industrial accident or disease
- you don’t have dependent children – if you do, you should claim Widowed Parent’s Allowance instead.
Widowed Parent’s Allowance
Widowed Parent’s Allowance is a weekly payment for those with dependent children. It’s 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. You may be eligible if:
- you’re under State Pension age
- your spouse or civil partner paid enough NI contributions, or died as the result of an industrial accident or disease
- you’re entitled to Child Benefit for at least one child, and your late partner was their parent. There may be exceptions.
You won’t be able to claim these benefits if you’re divorced or have a dissolved civil partnership, have remarried or registered another civil partnership, or live with another partner.
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 (Antenatal Results and Choices)
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 Stillbirth & Neonatal death charity
SANDS offers support for anyone who has been affected by the loss of a baby.
RUH Bereavement Support Service
The Bereavement Office provides a service for the newly bereaved families of patients who die at RUH; the service has been in operation since August 1990.
Call for more information – Monday – Friday 08:30am – 4.30pm.
Musgrove Park Bereavement Support Service
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.
Bereavement – self help guide
Somerset Partnership have put together self help guides on a number of topics including bereavement. See link below.
Pregnancy Crisis Support – Mendip
We offer a confidential place to come to talk through your worries. We give supportive help for those facing a crisis pregnancy, or needing specialist post-abortion 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.
St Margaret’s Hospice
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
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.
Dorothy House Hospice Care – Central and East Mendip
If you or a loved-one has been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, Dorothy House are here to offer support. We care for people with cancer and non-cancer diagnoses and we provide 80% of our services directly in the community.
There’s a myth that hospices are just places to die. In truth, our job is to help everyone live their life to its fullest potential. By connecting with people earlier after diagnosis, we can help them achieve their goals – no matter how big or small.
We provide outstanding palliative and end of life care, giving patients, their families and carers access to specialists in a range of services.
All our services are free of charge. To be referred to Dorothy House you will need to talk to your GP, district nurse or other healthcare professional or if you would like to discuss how we might be able to support you, a relative, carer or friend, please contact us.
Friends in Grief Group – Shepton Mallet Brasserie, High Street, Shepton Mallet every Wednesday 10am – 12pm. Come along Dorothy House available at meeting for support and advice.
We Hear You (WHY)
If you are affected or have been bereaved by cancer or another life threatening illness, We Hear You provides free, professional counselling (also on-line counselling). We support children, young people and adults in Mendip from our various locations including Frome Town Hall, Christchurch Street West. We also work in various locations across the area including, The Royal United Hospital Bath, Bradford On Avon, Midsomer Norton, Street, Trowbridge and Warminster.
WHY is also running a new therapeutic support group for those living with and beyond cancer (LWBC) in Frome. The groups run for between 10 – 12 weeks. 10.30 – midday at our offices in Frome Town Hall. The aim of the LWBC group is to support those who have experienced cancer through therapeutic discussions and conversations. We have no more than 10 people in the group which is facilitated by two WHY counsellors. Anyone who is interested should contact WHY on 01373 455255
New! Living with and Beyond Cancer counselling course starting in September 2019.
Bath From Tuesday 24th September 10:45-12:15 New Oriel Hall, Larkhall (ends 10th December)
Street From Tuesday 24th September 6-7:30pm at Crispin Community centre. (Ends 17th December with half term break 29th October)
Bereavement Well-Being Group
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. Free
Bereavement Advice Centre
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.
Child Bereavement UK
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.
Child Death Support Helpline
– 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. T: 0800 282 986 E:email@example.com W:http://www.childdeathhelpline.org.uk
Farm Community Network
FCN volunteers provide pastoral and practical support for as long as needed – helping people to find a positive way forward through their problems.
Yeovil Hospital Bereavement Service
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.
Blue Cross Pet Bereavement Support Service
The mission of Blue Cross Pet Bereavement Support Service (PBSS) 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.
Rosie Crane Trust
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.
Somerset Suicide Bereavement Support Service
Supporting anyone in Somerset who has been bereaved by suicide. We have a number of support groups available, please check our website for the latest information.
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide
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.
The leading childhood bereavement charity and the largest provider of services to bereaved children, young people and their families in the UK
The Somerset Suicide Bereavement Support Service – Peer Support Group
For those bereaved by suicide. Parents, siblings, relatives, friends and others emotionally affected by a suicide are welcome to attend.
Meetings are held at:
Taunton: MIND in Somerset. First Thursday of every month , at Sussex Lodge, 44 Station Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1NS.
Bridgwater Peer Support Group. Third Thursday of every month, at The Snug, 7 East Quay, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 5AZ.
Young People’s Peer Support Group for anyone aged 14yrs+. First Saturday of every month , at Sussex Lodge, 44 Station Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1NS. (please contact us if you would be interested in joining this group)
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.