Bereavement support

Coping with bereavement

Bereavement can affect people in many ways and various emotions can arise at different times throughout the grieving process. There’s no right or wrong way to feel. Powerful emotions can overtake daily life and be triggered by an unexpected memory or innocent remark. 

You may feel shocked or numb or in a daze, overwhelming sadness with lots of crying and feeling out of control. Being angry at the situation, the illness or accident that took them from you, or even at your loved one for leaving you is also common and a normal, natural reaction.  

Guilt for feeling angry, guilt for something you said or did not say, even guilt for not being able to prevent your loved one dying is also another common and normal reaction to bereavement.

None of these negative thoughts and feelings make you a bad person. It’s just nature’s way of helping you sort out your feelings and the situation in your own time and your own way. 

It’s also natural throughout this period to feel very tired or even exhausted. You can become distracted and forgetful during this period too, as your mind is overloaded with grief. 

Help and support 

There are many organisations which provide bereavement help and support.

Salford Heart Care Bereavement Support Group

Bereavement Support Group details

Where: Cadishead Band Room (Irlam Community Centre), Locklands Lane, Irlam, M44 6RB

When: Meetings are fortnightly on Tuesdays, 10am to 12 noon:

  • 9 January and 23 January 2024
  • 6 February and 20 February 2024
  • 5 March and 19 March 2024
  • 2 April, 16 April and 30 April 2024
  • 14 May and 28 May 2024
  • 11 June and 25 June 2024
  • 9 July and 23 July 2024
  • 6 August and 20 August 2024
  • 3 September and 17 September 2024

Everyone is welcome to join our Support Group. You don’t need to feel isolated or alone. We’re here to support each other in our times of grief.

There is no right or wrong way to grieve, but talking is sure to help.

Details: £1 door entrance charge, fully qualified, experienced, professional counsellors.

Greater Manchester Bereavement Service

  • Telephone: 0161 983 0902 (open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, excluding bank holidays)
  • Email:

Good Grief Trust

Cruse - Bereavement Care

Asian Family Counselling Service

Jewish Bereavement Counselling Service

Compassionate Friends


  • Manchester - 62-66 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2EN
  • Altrincham - J. Davidson Stadium, Moss Lane, Altrincham WA15 8AP
  • Email:

Loss of a child

Weaste Cemetery has a memorial stone for babies who died before birth. You are welcome to lay floral tributes there.

The Children’s Funeral Fund for England can help to pay for some of the costs of a funeral for a child under 18 or a baby stillborn after the 24th week of pregnancy. It is not means-tested: it does not matter what you earn or how much you have in savings.

Miscarriage Association

Still birth and Neonatal Death Society (SANDS)

The Lullaby Trust - sudden infant death

Bereavement support for children

Once upon a Smile

Gaddum Therapy child bereavement service (supporting bereaved children aged five to 18)

Loss through suicide

Greater Manchester Bereavement Service

  • Telephone: 0161 983 0902 (open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, excluding bank holidays)
  • Email:

Samaritans Suicide Bereavement Services

Loss through illness

Macmillan Cancer Support

Terence Higgins Trust

This page was last updated on 3 January 2024

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