Bereavement & Donor Support
How can you choose without a choice?
Together we can transform bereavement care and rates of organ & tissue donation by creating a unique and personal service for bereaved families, ensuring that the wishes of the patient made in life are respected and facilitated after their death.
We aim to provide quality care, support and informed choices at the most difficult time in people’s lives. This includes the opportunity to care for their relative or friend after death, to have a lock of hair or a hand or foot print and to consider donation options.
The team has created a template that can be adopted by other Trusts, Coroners and Emergency Forces.
The compassionate friends
Supporting bereaved families after a loved one dies
TCF is a charitable organisation of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents dedicated to the support and care of other bereaved parents, siblings, and grandparents who have suffered the death of a child/children.
We offer support both directly to bereaved families and indirectly by fostering understanding and good practice amongst professionals concerned with child death and by increasing public awareness.
We recognise that many who have suffered the loss of a child feel a bond with others similarly bereaved and wish to extend the hand of friendship.
The charity for bereaved children
Winston's Wish is the leading childhood bereavement charity and the largest provider of services to bereaved children, young people and their families in the UK.
We offer practical support and guidance to families, professionals and anyone concerned about a grieving child. We believe that the right support at the right time can enable young people to live with their grief and rebuild positive futures.
If i should die
Welcome to the If I Should Die website, where we hope you can find the information you are seeking. Our website was created in 2001 to provide as much independent practical information and support as possible and is non-denominational. It is aimed at everyone, whether they are considering their own death, coping with the death of a loved one, arranging a funeral, thinking about making a will or just needing some comforting words to help write a letter to a bereaved friend or family member.
The death of a family member or close friend is the most shattering and stressful event we will ever have to face. Our own death is something that most of us cannot even bear to contemplate, let alone plan for. Over 600,000 people die every year in the UK, leaving an estimated 1.5 million facing a major bereavement. It is also the one event that each one of us will have to confront and yet very few plan for it, with two thirds of the population not even making a will.
The impact of terrorist attacks around the world and global events such as earthquakes and floods also show that even when we may not know the people involved, we experience symptoms of bereavement and a sense of personal grief for our common humanity.