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  

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)

National organisations:


  • Offers support for adults who are bereaved through a sudden medical reason (including COVID-19), or terminal illness, injuries, caused by something that happened and suicide.  

  • Support is offered during the first 10 weeks of bereavement.

  • A case worker listens, gives advice on bereavement issues and helps you access the help you need including emotional, practical, psychological, or legal support.  

  • Phone: 0845 603 8570 (Monday – Friday 9am-1pm and Monday 7pm-9pm)

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


  • 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.

(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 

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.


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.