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Websites for people experiencing bereavement

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Someone asked me for information about useful websites for people experiencing bereavement, and I thought you might find my response useful:

The NHS Choices website is a good resource on bereavement, offering authoritative articles, with good illustrations and a number of useful videos covering the main issues that often come up. http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/bereavement/Pages/bereavement.aspx

The ‘Moodjuice’ guide, published by the Scottish NHS (which has a good reputation in this area of healthcare) is more informal, and suitable for young people, but is equally authoritative and contains pencil and paper exercises which you can use to think things through. You can use the website, or it downloads as a booklet: http://www.moodjuice.scot.nhs.uk/bereavement.asp

The main voluntary organisation providing bereavement services is Cruse Bereavement Care. From the Homepage: http://www.cruse.org.uk/, click on ‘About grief’ and it offers a wide range of information, including downloadable booklets that give more detail.

The best-known organisation for bereavement care for children is Winston’s Wish, which publishes a variety of resources for young people and their parents and carers. The website Homepage: http://www.winstonswish.org.uk/ offers a wide range of information; click on ‘supporting you’, and there are lots of books and other activities to download, or buy, especially from the ‘support information’ page. There is also an ‘adult-free zone’ for young people to use. Its stories about young people’s experiences are often helpful. Unfortunately, some people find the Winston’s Wish publications a bit expensive, so check the prices before you buy anything from them.

Macmillan Cancer Support also has a website, which has good information on a range of worries that people have throughout the whole process of being diagnosed, treated for and living with cancer. It is particularly good on the practicalities around and after death; a lot of the information is relevant for people who are experiencing other illnesses http://www.macmillan.org.uk/HowWeCanHelp/Bereavement/Bereavement.aspx.

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Written by Malcolm Payne

15 May 2014 at 12:49 pm

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