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Grief is a distressing and powerful emotion that we all experience when we lose someone close to us. Grief can often feel overwhelming and we may feel and act in ways different to how we normally would. If you feel you or a friend needs support with dealing with grief, please fil in a SHARP report and we will be in touch.



Woodside Bereavement Service supports children, young people and adults in Croydon and nearby areas after someone close to them has died. 

They do this by providing trained volunteers who spend time with people who have lost someone important, talking with them about what has happened and working with them to find ways in which they may start to come to terms with their loss.  

Their service is completely free and totally private.   

They have a specific young person section on their website where you'll find lots of helpful advice and information about coping when someone you care about has died, including:  

  • What is grief?
  • Looking after yourself
  • Practical tips to help you cope
  • Advice on returning to school
  • Information on what happens in a Woodside Bereavement Service support session

You'll also find links to videos, books and other organisations that can help you.  

Drop can email them at:

Cruse Bereavement Care is the leading national charity for bereaved people. They offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone die, and work to enhance society’s care of bereaved people.

Cruse offers face-to-face, group, telephone, email and website support. They have a Free phone national helpline and local services throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Their website Hope Again provides support for young people. Our services are provided by trained volunteers and are confidential and free.

Cruse provides training and consultancy for external organisations and for those who may encounter bereaved people in the course of their work.

Covid – 19 service update: Due to the current pandemic and ongoing social distancing, all Cruse services will be provided over the telephone, email or internet until further notice. Please contact them to find out more.

For help and support and for details of your local Cruse service:

National helpline 0808 808 1677

(Mondays and Fridays 0930-1700, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 0930-2000)

Email -

For children and young people

Winston's Wish are a national charity that support grieving children and young people after the death of someone important. 

Their Freephone Helpline is free to call on 08088 020 021 and offers advice, guidance and support following a bereavement. Their expert team provide bereavement support for parents, carers and professionals who are looking for childhood bereavement advice and support.

They have a wealth resources and advice on their website:

In addition to the above services, Childline's comprehensive website includes speaking to young people about grief. Follow the link to get more informwtion about their 1-2-1 chats with a counsellor, aw well as their virtual support.