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Unexpected death of  adult

Sudden and unexpected death is intensely shocking. Here you will find services that can support you in the immediate time after a sudden death and in the longer term.  

Local support to you in East Suffolk:

Compassionate Friends

  • Free support for bereaved parents and their families  whatever the age of the child  

  • Online information, Facebook groups and events, community forum and helpline  

  • Helpline:  0345 123 2304 open 10-4pm and then 7-10pm every day of the year

  • Your nearest local support group takes place at Rowhedge, near Colchester every 2nd Sunday of the month from 3pm-5pm.

  • Phone via national number: 0345 123 2304  


  • Upside-Down, a friendly bereavement support group in Waveney area

  • Held in the Parish Room of the St Peter's Church (Carlton Colville) every second Tuesday at 12:00 (except in August) for 2 hours.

  • Please contact Mrs. Heather Saunders 01502 588203. 

Norfolk Cruse

  • Free bereavement support to adults and specialist support to children and young people.

  • Call Norfolk branch on 03332 300189. 

Cancer Charity

  • If you have lost someone to cancer, Cancer Charity offer the bereavement support group in Great Yarmouth.

  • In addition, up to six 1:1, family or children counselling sessions can be offered.

  • Call 0800 092 7640 (Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm, excluding bank holidays) or email for more information. 

Suffolk Cruse

  • Free bereavement support to adults and specialist support to children and young people.     

  • Information on website, one to one bereavement support via zoom or phone (6 sessions)

Carers Matter Norfolk

  • Golden Threads Club in Great Yarmouth is for people who have been bereaved or are now living alone.

  • Members chat over a drink and snack. Golden Threads runs every other Wednesday (fortnightly) between 1.30pm- 3.30pm. To take part, call Gloria Gee on 01493 722303. 

The Robins

  • A group for those who lost a loved one. Meeting monthly every 3rd Monday at the Louise Hamilton Centre, on the James Paget University Hospital site

  • For more information, call the centre at 01493 453100. 

Rosedale Funeral Home Group

  • Free Bereavement Support Groups in Beccles and Bungay

  • Open to everyone, regardless of which funeral director was used or how long ago the loss occurred.

  • Please check the website for dates, times and further information. 

National organisations:


  • Offers support and advice to relatives following death by road traffic accident.   

  • A caseworker offers a listening ear, information and advice to help meet needs and offers advocacy (talking on your behalf with others to get things done) for as long as you need. 

  • Contact 0808 8000 401 (10am to 4pm Monday to Friday) 

(Survivors of
Bereavement by Suicide)

  • For anyone over the age of 18 bereaved by suicide   

  • Helpline, online peer support groups, retreats and information.

  • Closest group meeting face to face in Frinton, Essex.    

  • Phone: 0300 111 5065

Winston's Wish

  • Free support for grieving children and young people aged 8-25 years old who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or other close relative.   

  • Information, advice and online support. Support is also available for carers and parents supporting grieving children.

Care for the Family

  • Care for the Family has sought to promote strong family life and help those who face family difficulties.

  • Their work has been focused on the UK, but increasingly through digital technology, they are reaching a wider audience.

  • The focus is primarily on the following areas of family life: marriage, parenting, and bereavement.

(Support after
Murder and Manslaughter)

  • Open to families, friends and communities affected by murder or manslaughter   

  • One to one support, peer group pop up cafes, online communities and empowerment weekends   

  • Phone: 0121 472 2912

  • Text: 07342 888570

Marie Curie

  • Free support for any bereavement    

  • Information, a support line and 6 sessions with a volunteer listener.    

  • Phone: 0800 090 2309 


  • Information and support for people bereaved or seriously injured in road crashes. 

  • The RoadPeace helpline, call 0800 160 1069 (free), or email, Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm.

  • Befriender Service, Online Support Groups, Resilience Building Support Programme.

Muslim Bereavement Support Service

  • The Muslim Bereavement Support Service is a registered charity, founded in 2012.

  • They are a non-profit organisation serving the Muslim community by supporting bereaved women who have lost a loved one.

The Way Foundation (Widowed and Young)

  • For anyone who has lost a partner before their 51st birthday.   

  • 24/7 helpline and online peer support community.   

  • Phone: 0870 011 3450 

Child Bereavement UK

  • Child Bereavement UK helps children, parents and families to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies.

  • Supports children and young people up to the age of 25 who are facing bereavement, and anyone affected by the death of a child of any age.

  • Offers free, confidential support by telephone, video or instant messenger, wherever you live in the UK. 

  • Phone: 0800 02 888 40

Sue Ryder

  • Free support for adults 2 months & after a bereavement   

  • Online information, 6 online counselling sessions and access to an online peer support community.

  • Free support for adults 2 months & after a bereavement   

  • Online information, 6 online counselling sessions and access to an online peer support community.

  • Sue Ryder is offering UK residents grief support via text message, *free of charge* for a full year.

  • This is a wonderful way to offer bereaved family members extra support over the holidays, and all year long.

  • Access the text service here.

Way Up

  • Way Up is an active, online self-help group aimed at providing mutual support to those who have been widowed primarily, but not exclusively,  in their 50’s and 60’s.

  • Based in the UK, their free-to-join members-only forum is an important aspect of their group and is a way to initiate friendships, to exchange views and to give and to receive care and support.


Discover local
group support

Social groups can help you connect with others who may be experiencing similar experiences of grief too.


Group support can help you feel less alone and can greatly improve your mental health.

Discover groups in Ipswich, Stowmarket, Woodbridge, Felixstowe & surrounding areas.

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