Bereavement Services

Bereavement is an experience that can happen to any of us and if you are visiting this section of the website because someone close to you has died recently, we would like to offer you our sincere sympathy.

If you would like support at this difficult time, please see some resources below which can offer you information, help and guidance. Also included are some links to various organisations which provide support or information relating to different circumstances of bereavement.

The Northern Trust’s booklet ‘When someone dies’ contains practical information which may be useful to you in the days ahead. Helpful information on living and coping with bereavement and a list of relevant support agencies is also included.

There is an annual ‘Snowdrop walk’ on the third Sunday in February each year, which gives families the opportunity to plant snowdrop bulbs in memory of their baby or child. The Trust also holds a remembrance service annually in May for the parents and families of children and babies who have died in the Trust. The books of remembrance are re-dedicated at this service each year. The dates for this service will be posted on this website and in the local press. Many parents and family members choose to write some words in memory of their child which is then included in the book and there is no time limit for the inclusion of information.

Bereavement Coordinator

The Trust’s Bereavement Coordinator works with staff throughout the Trust to promote quality end of life and bereavement care. If you would like to share information that would help with this please contact:
Gwyneth Peden
Tel: 028 9442 4992
Mobile: 07841468824

Lifeline Crisis Response (0808 808 8000)

If you, or someone you know, are in distress or despair, no matter what your age or where you live in Northern Ireland, Lifeline is there to help you. Lifeline counsellors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to listen and give you the help and support you need, in confidence. Calls are free from all UK landlines and mobiles.

Bereavement Support Organisations

Cruse Bereavement Care
National Helpline 0808 808 1677
NI Regional Office 028 9079 2419
Northern Area 028 2766 6686

Helpline: 116 123

Lifeline: 0808 808 8000

45 Mount Street
BT43 6BP
Tel 028 2565 0000

20 Lodge Road
BT52 1NB
Tel 028 7032 0000

WAVE Trauma Centre - Bereaved by violence
Tel 028 9077 9922
Tel 028 2766 9900 (Ballymoney)

Brake care - Bereaved by road traffic collision
Helpline: 0808 800 0401

Bereavement Advice Centre -

Bereavement Network

Supporting Bereaved Parents

Child Bereavement
Tel 0800 028 8840

Child death helpline
Tel 0800 282 986

Compassionate Friends
Tel 028 9265 2550
Tel 028 8778 8016

Cruse Child Bereavement Service – Interactive website for 12-18’s
Tel 0808 808 1677

Life after Loss-

Meningitis Trust-
Tel 0808 801 0388

NI Miscarriage Association-
National Helpline: 019 2420 0799, Mon - Fri, 9 am - 4 pm
Local support group: Last Tues of month 7.00pm-8.30pm, Millburn Complementary Therapy Centre, Coleraine.
For details please contact Susan on 079 6688 5894

SANDS - Stillbirth and Neo-Natal Death Charity
NI Helpline 077 4099 3450

The Mariposa Trust
Tel 0845 293 8027

SIDS - Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Helpline 0808 802 6868

Bereaved by Suicide

NHSCT Bereaved by Suicide Service
Inver 3, Holywell Hospital
60 Steeple Road
Tel: 028 9441 3544

Danielle Gallagher, Bereaved by Suicide Support Officer
David Olphert, Family Liaison for those bereaved by suicide

Further information on Bereaved by Suicide 028 9075 5070 0808 808 8000

Supporting Children

Barnardos Child Bereavement Support Service
Advice Line 028 9066 8333

Cancer Focus NI - family Bereavement Service
Tel 028 9066 3281

CRUSE Bereavement Care, Youth

Child Bereavement
Tel 0800 028 8840

Childhood Bereavement Network
Tel 020 7843 6309

Contact Youth
Tel 0808 808 8000

Tel 0800 1111

Children and Young People Palliative Hub   
Tel: 00353 1491 2948

Winston’s Wish – Charity for bereaved children
Tel 08088 020 021

Family Trauma Centre
Tel 028 9504 2828 / 028 9442 6102

Practical Support

Age Concern Northern Ireland
Tel 0800 169 6565

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland 
Tel 028 9066 3281

Macmillan Cancer Support
Helpline 0808 808 0000

Children's Palliative Care Hub
Alzheimer’s Society
Helpline 0300 222 1122

Bereavement Register - Registering relatives’ details will stop unwanted direct mail being sent to those who have died.
Tel 0800 082 1230

Social Services Bereavement Service
Tel 0800 085 2463

NI Government Services - NI Direct website

Page last updated:16 January 2019