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Age UK

Independent charity giving advice to older people, including advice on filling in benefits forms.
Telephone: 0800 169 6565

Alzheimer’s Society

A charity aimed at improving the lives of people living with dementia. Their online shop has many products specifically for dementia sufferers.
Telephone: 020 7423 3500
Helpline: 0300 222 11 22
Online shop:
In Scotland, contact Alzheimer Scotland – Action on dementia


A hub for bereavement information and support.

British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACUP)

The website has helpful information about types of counselling and choosing a counsellor and has a search facility to find a registered professional counsellor local to you.

Cruse Bereavement Care

The largest of the national charities providing support to bereaved people. The website has an online bookstore if you would like to read about other people’s experiences of bereavement.
Helpline: 0844 477 9400: open Monday-Friday 9.30-5pm (excluding bank holidays), with extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, when they are open until 8pm. Calls will cost 7 pence per minute to call, plus your telephone provider's access charge.
Publications page

Carers UK

A national membership charity that champions carers’ rights, connecting and supporting carers online and in local communities.
Adviceline: 0808 808 7777

Carers Trust

A charity supporting unpaid carers, both young and old, with a carers chat forum and links to local support networks.

The Compassionate Friends

Founded to support people affected by the death of a child, this charity now also has a section of their site dedicated to people whose brother or sister has died.

Hospice UK

Search for the website of your nearest hospice’s website using the link on the home page of the Hospice UK website.


Charity for cancer care and support. Macmillan nurses can provide respite care for people caring for those with cancer.
Telephone: 0808 808 00 00  
Macmillan: coping at the end life

Marie Curie  

The website has more information about coping with bereavement, especially after living with terminal illness.
Helpline for confidential support and practical information on all aspects of terminal illness: 0800 090 2309. Open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 11am-5pm; closed Sunday. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.


Support available for anyone in emotional distress, all day and every day.
Helpline: 116 123, which is free to call.

Page first published: 31 December 2015
Next review due: 31 May 2017