Sources of Help

Please find below listings of national and local sources of help and support, also information on coffins and burial grounds wells as websites, books, podcasts and films on all aspects of death and bereavement that might be helpful. 

This resource list has been compiled by our team member Marisa Picardo. A big thank-you to her for all her work in compiling it. If you have any organisations or sources of help you can recommend send it to

Information List

Death Acceptance and Positivity

Local and national support.

Practical Help

End of life care, death and funeral arrangement.


Bereavement and grief support for lose of love one including child, baby and pet.

Specific Illness Charities

List of charities and trusts 

for specific illness.

Suppliers List

Funeral, coffin and burial ground 

suppliers list.

Learn More

Books, pod cast and films.


Health Connections Mendip

If the service you are looking for is not listed below or if you would like

support in finding the service that is right for you, please call Health

Connections Mendip for further information or to make a one to one, free

appointment 01373 468368.

The Royal British Legion-Frome Branch

The Royal British Legion is helping the Armed Forces community in the

Frome area. Providing a range of Branch Community Support to veterans

and any serving personnel as well as their families, Including:

Telephone buddies, Home and Hospital visiting, Bereavement support,

Legion Awareness Events and local information. If you’re not sure where

to turn, please get in touch.

Friends in Grief Group- Shepton Mallet

Friends in Grief Group meet at the Shepton Mallet Brasserie, High Street,

Shepton Mallet every Wednesday 10am – 12pm. Dorothy House staff are

available at meeting for support and advice.

Comfort Club Bereavement – Wookey near Wells

Wookey Hub, High Street, Wookey Nr Wells. 2nd Wednesday of the

month 2pm – 3.30pm.

Revd Paul Clarke 01749 677078

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)  01749 830322

RUH Bereavement Support Service 

The Bereavement Office provides a service for the newly bereaved families of patients who die at RUH; Call the Bereavement Office Manager or email for more information – Monday – Friday 08:30am – 4.30pm. 01225 824015 01225 824315 

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. 

01823 343753   

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 postabortion counselling 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. 01458 830355 * Answer-phone checked daily 07929867638 

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. 0845 070 8910 

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 

Bereavement Well-Being - Frome

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.  07834 449069

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. 01935 475122

Somerset Cruse 

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. 01458 898211 local number 0808 808 1677 national number 

Sweet Track Centre- Glastonbury  

low cost counselling › sweet-track-counselling-agency

A low cost counselling agency at the Sweet Track Centre It offers an opportunity to benefit from counselling if you are on a low income or face a long wait for other services. Young people are welcome as clients, as well as adults, as we have counsellors with experience in working with young people.

Elim Connect Centre

Wells, Glastonbury, Frome affordable counselling

Connect Counselling has rooms in Wells, Glastonbury and Frome and offers short, medium and long term counselling which is accessible and affordable to all. We offer help and support to adults and young people experiencing a range of personal problems.

In Charley’s Memory 

making mental health matter,  a local charity based in Highbridge, Somerset. We work to support young people aged 11- 25 in a variety of ways. Our main support is through one to one counselling.   

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. 0800 090 2309 


Dying Matters

08000 21 44 66

Dying Matters is a coalition of 30,000 members across England and Wales which aim to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement and to make plans for the end of life. Helpline and free leaflets online, including "5 things to do before I die".  Holds a list of events for the public to attend and promotes the UK's Dying Awareness Week in May each

Death Café

At a death cafe, people drink tea, eat cake and discuss death. 

0131 2722735

Good life, Good Death, Good Grief 

Scottish website dedicated to promoting openness around the subject of death.

The Order of the Good Death

LA based, a collective of funeral professionals promoting death acceptance and positivity. see also Caitlin's 'ask a mortician' series in the video section.

Living and Dying Consciously

01736 799231 Transforming perceptions around death and dying; supporting people in rediscovering the deep understanding of ourselves and of life that death gives us.

Organ Donation-

0300 1231107 information about donating organs

Soul Midwives 

spiritual and holistic companions to those facing end of life.

Age UK 

0800 169 6565 - Age concern & age UK working together for older people.

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.  03000 111999

End of Life Care, Death and Funeral Arrangement


What to do after a death checklist as well as signposting to further advice.

The Natural Death Centre 

Registered Charity

Help, support, advice or guidance planning a funeral, either for yourself or for someone else.

01962 712690,

The Good Funeral Guide

Independent, not-for-profit information resource. 01372 436595

Down to Earth 

Support to organise an affordable and meaningful funeral, or reduce the impact of funeral related debt. A quaker social action - practical action against poverty since 1867 tel 020 8983 5055


USA site Caring for Our Own at Death, A Home Funeral and Green Burial Resource Center

Crossings manual for home funeral care

Funeral Celebrants

The leading directory of funeral celebrants in the UK.

Pagan funerals, Pagan celebrants

Professional Celebrants

Compassion in Dying

A national charity working to inform and empower people to exercise their rights and choices around end of life care. 

0800 999 2434

Home Funeral network

The home funeral Network UK offers support, education and guidance for those involved in arranging a home-based, family-led funeral.

Funeral Helper

This site is dedicated to helping people to arrange a meaningful, significant and sincere funeral or end of life ceremony for a loved one by providing

Advanced Decisions Assistance

A charity working to raise awareness of Advance Decisions (‘living wills’) and to help people complete them.

Final Fling

Sort your paperwork, make plans, leave instructions, live life to the fullest.

0845 2001132 

Hospice UK 

Information about hospice care nationally


Divine Ceremony 

Divine Ceremony is a small, independent Undertakers, serving Bristol, Bath and the surrounding area


Women Funeral directors South Petherton

Grief Support and Information

Support & Care After Road Death Injury

0845 123 5541 

Support after Murder and Manslaughter  

0845 872 3440

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

0844 561 6855   survivors of bereavement by suicide exits to meet the needs & break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend

Counselling Directory   

0844 8030 240

Cruse Bereavement

0844 477 9400

Dignity in Dying

020 7479 7730

Aims ‘to make it legal for a competent adult who is suffering unbearably from an incurable illness, to receive medical help to die at their own considered and persistent request’. Pioneers of the Living Will.


24-hour confidential support for those in despair, distressed or suicidal.

Helpline 116 123


WAY Widowed and young

WAY is the only national charity in the UK for people aged 50 or under when their partner died. It’s a peer-to-peer support group operating with a network of volunteers who have been bereaved at a young age themselves, so they understand exactly what other members are going through.

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. Freephone 0800 0821215   

Bereavement Trust

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.

0800 435 455

Child and Baby

Winston's Wish

Offering practical support and guidance to bereaved children, their families and professionals.

Helpline 08452 030405

The Compassionate Friends  

Supporting bereaved parents, siblings & grandparents after a child dies.

0345 1203785

Child Bereavement UK

National helplinefreephone 0800 02 888 40 National organisation supporting families & training professionals in a wide range of child bereavements.  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 Helpline

0800 282 986

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. Monday to Friday 10am to 1pm, Tuesdays & Wednesdays 1pm to 4pm, every evening 7pm to 10pm. 0800 282 986 (or 0808 800 6019 from a mobile)

Child Funeral Charity

01480 276088

Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity

SANDS Stillbirth & Neonatal death charity SANDS offers support for anyone who has been affected by the loss of a baby. 080 8164 3332  020 7436 5881

The Lullaby Trust

020 7802 3200

The Miscarriage Association

Miscarriage Association 

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  01924 200799

Grief Encounter

Helping children through Bereavement

Helpline 020 8371 8455

Papyrus 0800 068 4141 A national charity dedicated to preventing young suicides.

Together 4 short lives Together for short lives is a UK Charity for children and young people who are expected to have short lives.

Bristol-based 0808 8088 100 /  0117 989 7820

Saying goodbye-  

saying baby loss 

Rosie Crane Trust 

Committed to assisting in relieving distress, whether mental, physical, spiritual or emotional, caused by the bereavement of a child 01460 55120

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.  02077 137356  Help line 02077 137486

Mummy's Star

Mummy's Star is the only charity in the UK and Ireland dedicated to women and their families affected by cancer during pregnancy.


Blue Cross Pet Bereavement Support Service 

Our aim 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. 0800 096 6606

Cat protection 

Paws to listen support line

If you are experiencing pet-related grief you can call our free and confidential phone to talk to one of our trained volunteer listeners. While we are unable to offer counselling, we can provide you with a sympathetic ear at this difficult time Mon-Fri 9-5 pm 0800 0249494. And a useful resource page FAQ,  providing end of life services and emergency rehousing.


MacMillan Cancer Relief Fund

0808 808 00 00 

The Stroke Association

0303 3033 100

The Terence Higgins Trust

020 7812 1601

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.

Funeral Suppliers

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Much Loved 

online tribute charity

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 Earth to heaven 

01243 786072 

Designer coffins in various colours & designs in Cardboard, Wooden & Wicker

Greenfield creations  

Tel: 01440 788866

Somerset Willow

Hand-woven by one of their skilled basked makers in their workshops in Somerset. Coffins supplied directly to funeral Directors.

Gadsby Wicker coffins

Handmade, eco-friendly Willow and Seagrass coffins. Ideal for green or natural burials. All of the coffins are supplied directly to Funeral Directors.  Tel: 01278 437123

The aim is to provide a better online direct to customer experience and help people save money when compared with purchasing from a funeral director.

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John Connell 

makes lovely, simple coffins for burial and cremation, from his base in Gloucestershire.

Tel: 0300 303 1022

For Woollen/ Felt Coffins: 

Bellacouche on Dartmoor, create a range of unique hand-crafted items from wool felt: from tea-cosies to shrouds and eco coffins -  by Yuli Somme. The Leafcocoon & Leafpod are a complete alternative to conventional wooden coffins and are suitable for traditional, natural and woodland burial grounds.

01647 441405 

07763 935897

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funeral stationery to the trade

Care Print 

order of service

Funeral Stationery

Natural Burial Grounds - South West

Westcombe Hill Nature Reserve Burial Site


Somertonfield Road

Somerton TA11 6HZ   01458272848

Edmund Hill Green Burial Site

Glastonbury cemetery is owned by the Glastonbury Town Council

Glastonbury Town Council

Town Hall

Magdalene St



BA6 9EL     Call: 01458 831769


Ham Down Woodland Burial Ground

Beer marsh farm

Shillingstone Blandford DT11 0QY        01258860284

Higher Ground Meadow

Underhill farm Corscombe

Dorchester DT2 0PA      01935891245

Great Bradley Cottage

Calverleigh cross

Templeton Tiverton EX16 8BU   01884256098

Michael’s Woods Burial Ground

Cholderton estate

Estate office

Cholderton Salisbury SP4 0DR     01980 629203

The Arnos Vale Natural Burial Woodland 

Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust,

West Lodge, Arnos Vale Cemetery,

Bath Road, Bristol, BS4 3EW       0117 971 9117

Memorial Woodlands

Earth City Green Alveston

Bristol south Gloucester

BS35 3TA

01454 414999

Sharpham Meadow Natural Burial Ground

The Sharpham Trust

Sharpham House,



Devon, UK

TQ9 7UT        Telephone: 01803 732542

email Aline

Bath Natural Burial Meadow

email: post code BA2 7DE

office tel: 01600 716438

fax: 0843 22 77 235


The Natural Death Handbook

dying at home, helping prepare for death and dying, Living Wills, Advance Directives, Advance Funeral planning.

Being Mortal

Medicine and What Matters in the End -Atul Gawande- a modern experience of mortality - about what it's like to get old and die, how medicine has changed this and how it hasn't, where our ideas about death have gone wrong.  Atul Gawande outlines a story that crosses the globe, as he examines his experiences as a surgeon and those of his patients and family, and learns to accept the limits of what he can do.

The Soul Midwives' Handbook

The Holistic And Spiritual Care Of The Dying-Felicity Warner

The Good Funeral Guide

Everything you need to know,  Everything you need to do by  Charles Cowling

The Pagan Book of Living and Dying

Starhawk: Practical Rituals, Prayers and Blessings ... In response to her own mother's death, Starhawk et al

Sacred Dying: Creating Rituals for Embracing the End of Life 

Megory Anderson

Dying to be Me

Anita Moorjani. An inspirational memoir, Anita Moorjani relates how, after fighting cancer for almost four years, her body-overwhelmed by the malignant cells spreading throughout her system began shutting down. As her organs failed, she entered into an extraordinary near-death experience.

The Light Between Us: Stories from Heaven. Lessons for the Living

By Laura Lynne Jackson - Laura Lynne Jackson is a wife, a mother, a high school English teacher--and a psychic medium. Where most believe an impenetrable wall divides the world between the living and the dead, Jackson sees brilliant cords of light. She has dedicated her life to exploring our connection to the Other Side, conversing with departed loved ones, and helping people come to terms with the loss. In The Light Between Us, she writes with clarity and grace, addressing the eternal questions that vex us all: Why are we here? What happens when we die? How do we find our true path in this life? Laura Lynne Jackson's story offers a new understanding of the vast reach of our consciousness and enlarges our view of the human experience.

Reason to Stay Alive 

Matt Haig, part memoir part self-help book.

With the End in MindReal life accounts of deaths attended by the palliative care doctor. Moving and educational. -Kathryn Mannix

Undying: A love Story -Michael faber 

In Undying Michel Faber honours the memory of his wife, who died after a six-year battle with cancer. Bright, tragic, candid and true, these poems are an exceptional chronicle of what it means to find the love of your life. And what it is like to have to say goodbye.

Pod cast

Grief Cast 

by Carid LLoyd

funny people talking about death and grief= podcast of the year 2018 currently 103 episodes  


Dying isn’t as bad as you think. 3 minutes by palliative care doctor Katherine Mannix, explaining how the body knows how to die, just as it knows how to birth.

Island - a documentary following four people at the end of life

A Love That Never Dies - is by the Stroud-based couple Jane Harris and Jimmy Edmonds documenting their search for a better way to grieve  They set up the Good Grief Project 

Amour - Michael Haneke’s beautifully observed drama about an elderly couple nearing the end of life



Grief walker - Stephen Jenkinson-  Full movie Griefwalker is a National Film Board of Canada feature documentary film, directed by Tim Wilson. It is a lyrical, poetic portrait of Stephen Jenkinson’s work with dying people. Filmed over a twelve-year period, Griefwalker shows Jenkinson in teaching sessions with doctors and nurses, in counselling sessions with dying people and their families, and in meditative and often frank exchanges with the film’s director while paddling a birch bark canoe about the origins and consequences of his ideas for how we live and die.

Departures- newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. The film follows his profound and sometimes comical journey with death. The Japanese title "Okuribito" means "the sending [away/off] people"  Japanese film subtitled.

Coco Disney &  Pixar, Fantasy/Mystery ‧ 1h 49m

Despite his family's generations-old ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colourful Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Héctor, the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.

Re:Member, Where grief & Beauty Co Exists - film by Katie Teague- Years after her son’s tragic death, a bereaved mother is on an impassioned mission to un-silence grief in our modern culture that has buried and forgotten the essential art of grieving. Includes in-depth interviews with Francis Weller, Joanne Cacciatore, and Ted Waird 

Five Days to Say Goodbye - premiered at a private screening at Norwich Puppet Theatre and could then be used to raise awareness of suicide and grieving. Beverley Bishop,  from Cromer, wanted to make the film following the death of her son Jess Fairweather last October.