Grief Support

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Family & Friends

Your family will be your closest supporters during the grieving process. They will also be grieving so it is helpful to have some close friends to depend on as well. The acute sense of loss and feelings of overwhelming sadness, along with other associated emotions, are collectively called grief.

Forms Of Grief

There are many stages in the grieving process and each person’s experience will be different. Generally there are a number of steps in coming to terms with the death of a loved one. Find out more >

If the feelings of acute sadness and desolation you felt in the early stages do not lessen over an extended period of time, it is important to talk to your G.P. or a Bereavement Counsellor who will be able to help.

Support Organisations


Cruse Bereavement Care

028 27666686

Bereavement support and counselling for adults, children and young people.




028 25650000  (Ballymena)
028 70320000  (Coleraine)

Confidential, non-judgmental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.


Compassionate Friends


028 87788016

Support and friendship after the loss of a child, including adult children.


Northern Trust Bereaved by Suicide Project

Northern Trust Bereaved by Suicide Project
028 25636607

Support groups for those bereaved by suicide in Northern Trust areas.



Sands Helpline: 0808 164 3332


Providing bereavement support for those affected by stillbirth and neonatal loss’.