Bereavement Information and Support Organisations

Bereavement Care Information and Support

Aisling Centre Enniskillen Counselling service for adults. Donation requested for appointments.
Telephone:      028 6632 5811

Aware Defeat Depression Support groups available across Northern Ireland.   
Helpline:         084 5120 2961  

Brake The road safety charity. For anyone bereaved, injured or affected by a road traffic collision.
Telephone:     0845 603 8570

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) BACP is the professional body for counsellors and psychotherapists in UK and NI and can assist in finding a counsellor / psychotherapist in private practice. Counselling and psychotherapy cover a range of talking therapies, delivered by trained practitioners working with people over a short or long term to help bring about effective change or enhance wellbeing.
Telephone:     01455 88 33 00

Cancer Focus NI Provides a counselling service to patients and relatives pre and post bereavement.
Telephone:     028 9066 3281 

The Compassionate Friends If you have lost a child we are here to help and support you.
We offer you understanding, supp0ort and the opportunity to share experiences and feelings with other bereaved parents in a safe and caring environment.
Telephone:     028 8778 8016

Counselling Directory Contacts for professional counsellors and psychotherapists.
Telephone:     0844 8030 240

Cruse Bereavement Care Provides a free and confidential support service for anyone coping with bereavement.
Telephone:     National Helpline 0844 477 9400   NI Regional Office 028 9079 2419
                     Foyle Cruse Area 028 7126 2941
                     Omagh/Fermanagh Cruse Area 028 8224 4414
Website:      email:

Cruse ‘Beyond Words’ Project Cruse and Stroke Association partnership. Accessible Bereavement Resource Pack available in NI to assist people with communication difficulties to express their feelings of grief and bereavement.

Cruse ‘Together for You’ Project Cruse partnership with leading charities to provide intensive support services, including bereavement support and information sessions, for people experiencing mental ill health.

Disaster Action Self-help group for those bereaved by a major disaster.
Telephone:     014 8379 9066  

Derry Well Woman Generic counselling service available for women wishing to explore and clarify personal issues in a safe and non-judgemental environment.    Self-referral only; no charge for this service.
Telephone:     028 7136 0777 

Family Trauma Centre A regional service providing specialist treatment services for children, young people and their families following severe trauma. Referral via GP, Health Visitor, School etc.
Telephone:     028 9020 4700

Foyle Hospice Provides bereavement support for those whose loved ones have received Hospice care.
Telephone:     028 7135 1010

HIV Support Centre Belfast Support and counselling for anyone affected by Aids/HIV, for those preparing for bereavement or for those who have been bereaved.
Telephone:     028 9024 9268         Helpline: 0800 137 437

Koram Centre Counselling Psychotherapy and Psychosocial Support, Strabane The Koram Centre helps people to take a look at their own personal development. Listening ear and counselling service
Telephone:     028 7188 6181

LGBT Bereavement Helpline Support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered callers as well as family and friends, who have been bereaved or are preparing for bereavement.
Telephone:     Helpline 020 7837 3337 Mon – Wed 19.30 – 21.30  

Lifeline Counsellors available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week who are experienced in dealing with issues such as depression, anxiety.  Offers help and support, in confidence.
Telephone:     0808 808 800

Lone Twin Network Support group run by and for lone twins

Meningitis Now Provides specific services for those bereaved as a result of meningitis
Telephone:     0808 801 0388

Northwest Counselling Counselling service which specialises in helping and assisting people through any kind of personal and/or relationship based issues affecting their lives. All counsellors fully trained and accredited with a national organisation. Private counselling is charged at £50 per one hour session but clients can be referred via their GP and six sessions are then provided free of charge to the client.
Telephone:     028 7181 3587

Support after Murder and Manslaughter
Telephone:     0845 872 3440   

Tara Centre Omagh Tara Centre…in the service of healing, peace and holistic well being
Telephone:     028 8225 0024 Omagh

The Centre Support & counselling for anyone affected by Aids / HIV 
Telephone:     028 9024 9268

The Samaritans If something is troubling you, then get in touch. 
Confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Telephone:     028 7126 5511 / 028 8224 4944

The Silver Line A free and confidential helpline for older people. Available 24 hours. For information, friendship and advice.
Helpline:         0800 470 8090  

WAVE Trauma Centre For anyone bereaved by violence 
Telephone:     028 9077 9922

WHSCT Primary Care Liaison Team Psychological Therapy Service Referral is via GP after which a letter is sent out requesting contact from the client within two weeks.  An assessment session is arranged and after this has occurred, counselling may be offered. There is a waiting list for this service.

Support for Bereaved Children and Young People

Barnardos Child Bereavement Support Service Provides advice and support to adult children, young people, their families and carers who have been bereaved
Telephone:     028 9066 8333     Advice line:     028 9064 5899    

Barnardos Nova Barnardos trauma support service providing therapeutic support for children and families affected by psychological trauma in NI
Telephone:     028 4062 8758

Bereavement Support for Teenagers (12-16) Web site to help children cope when a parent has cancer. Contains stories from other young people along with information and tips to help children understand and deal with what is happening in the family.

Contact NI Contact employs professionally qualified counsellors who have extensive experience of working with people facing a wide range of problems
Telephone:     0808 808 800

ChildLine Free confidential helpline for children and young people in danger or distress
Telephone:     0800 1111

Hope Again Hope Again is Cruse Bereavement Care's website for young people. Cruse is a national charity that provides support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone close to them dies.
Telephone:     0808 808 1677

Youth Action Works with young people to support them as active and equal citizens whose voices are heard, respected and valued.
Telephone:     028 6632 8534

Youthlife Provides a wide range of services for children and young people who have experienced bereavement and loss in their lives.
Telephone:     028 7137 7227

Support for Bereaved Parents

Anam Cara Supporting parents after bereavement through the provision of a range of online and face to face services.
Telephone:     00 353 (0)1 4045378

Child Death Helpline Support for anyone affected by the death of a child, irrespective of the age of the child, the relationship or the length of time since the death.
Telephone:     0800 282986     

Childhood Bereavement Network (CBN) The hub for those working with bereaved children, young people and their families across the UK.
Telephone:     020 7843 6309

Child Bereavement UK Supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.
Telephone:     0800 02 888 40 freephone from landlines

Compassionate Friends NI Supporting bereaved parents & their families after a child dies.
Telephone:     NI Helpline: 028 8778 8016     National Helpline: 0845 123 2304

Derry Well Woman  Miscarriage Counselling Service Women can contact the centre at any time whether their miscarriage was recent or a long time ago, for one to one counselling. DWW offers a non-judgemental, confidential space for women to talk, to grieve and heal, to receive support and information. Self-referral only; no charge for this service
Telephone:     028 7136 0777 

Life After Loss The pregnancy and infant loss charity for baby loss at any stage. Provides support and information to those who have been through the death of a baby at any stage of pregnancy, or early in life, for any reason. Online forum available 24/7 for grieving parents to read and post messages, giving and receiving support.
Telephone:     028 9260 5578

Lullaby Trust Provides specialist support for bereaved families and anyone affected by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Telephone:     0808 8026868

Miscarriage Association UK Support and information for anyone affected by pregnancy loss. See also website for partners.
Telephone: Helpline: 01924 200799    Mon- Fri 9.00am – 4.00pm


Miscarriage Association ‘Forget me not Meadow’
A memorial to babies lost in pregnancy, offering a special place to mark the brief lives of those babies who died before they were born. Parents can leave a message in memory of their baby or can provide a name and date and the miscarriage association will place a new forget-me-not in the meadow.

SANDS NI Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity  
NI Helpline:     077 4099 3450

Twins and Multiple Births Association (TAMBA) Bereavement support group
Telephone:     0800 138 0509    

Winston's Wish Gives support for those caring for children affected by the death of a parent or a sibling and to the children themselves.  
Helpline:         084 5203 0405   

Support for those bereaved through Suicide

Bereaved by Suicide Support Group Fermanagh Meets the first Monday of every month at 20.00 in the Aisling Centre, 37 Darling Street, Enniskillen BT94 7DP
Telephone:     028 6638 2000
North West Bereaved by Suicide Support Group Meets 1st  and 3rd Monday of every month at 19.30 in Foyle Search and Rescue Base, Prehen, Derry / Londonderry
Telephone:     028 7186 5127
PATHS Group, Omagh Meets first Tuesday of every month at 20.00 in the Tara Centre, 11 Holmview Terrace, Omagh BT97 0AH
Telephone:     078 7941 4385

Zest Counselling and support for anyone affected by the impact of self-harm and suicide
Telephone:     028 7126 6999   

Practical Information and Support

Advice NI Our vision is of a society of confident, informed, and active citizens who can access their rights and entitlements.
Telephone:     028 9064 5919

Age NI Delivering care, advice and advocacy services; fundraises and influences  decision-makers to improve later life for all
Telephone:     0808 808 7575

Alzheimer’s Society A membership organisation, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
Telephone:     028 9066 4100

Bereavement Register Registering relatives’ details will stop unwanted direct mail being sent to those who have died
Telephone:     020 7089 6403

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) Providing the advice people need for the problems they face and improving the policies and practices that affect people’s lives

Derry/Londonderry: Embassy Court, 3 Strand Road BT487BJ 
Telephone:     028 7136 2444

Strabane: 17 Dock Street, BT82 8EE 
Telephone:     028 7138 2665

Enniskillen: Fermanagh House, Broadmeadow Place, BT74 6AH  
Telephone:     028 6632 4334

Benefit enquiries
Telephone:     084 5266 6696   

Coroners Service for Northern Ireland
Mays Chambers, 73 May Street, Belfast BT1 3JL
Telephone:     028 9044 6800   

Coroners Liaison Officers
Telephone:     028 9044 6811 / 028 9044 6809 / 028 9044 6814

Disability Action Works to ensure that people with disabilities attain their full rights as citizens, by supporting inclusion, influencing government policy and changing attitudes in partnership with disabled people.
Telephone:     028 9029 7880

District Registrar Offices, Western Trust Area
Guildhall, Derry / Londonderry BT48 6DQ
Tel: 028 7126 8439 
Opening Hours: 9.30-12.30 and 14.00-16.30

Townhall, Enniskillen BT74 7BA
Tel: 028 6632 5050
Opening Hours: 9.00-12.30 and 14.00-16.30 (Closes 16.00 on Friday)

7 Connell Street, Limavady BT49 0AH
Tel: 028 7772 2226
Opening Hours: 9.00-12.15 and 13.30-16.30

District Council Offices, Mountjoy Road, Omagh BT79 7BL
Tel: 028 8224 5321
Opening Hours: 9.30-12.30 and 14.00-16.30

District Council Offices, 47 Derry Road, Strabane BT82 8DY
Tel: 028 7138 2204
Opening Hours: 9.30-1.30 and 14.00-17.00

Mencap NI Supports people with a learning disability and their families in Northern Ireland.
Telephone: 028 9069 1351    NI Learning Disability Helpline: 0808 808 1111                      

Natural Death Centre Information on 'green' funerals and arranging a funeral yourself.
Telephone: 087 1288 2098      

NI Direct Provides helpful advice for families dealing with the death of a relative eg funeral arrangements, registration of death etc.

Northern Ireland Housing Executive
Derry / Londonderry Telephone: 028 7137 2000
Omagh Telephone: 028 8224 6111
Enniskillen Telephone: 028 6632 5770
Northern Ireland Women’s Aid Women’s Aid is the lead voluntary organisation in Northern Ireland addressing domestic violence and providing services for women and children.
Telephone: 028 9024 9041

North West Aging Well Together Delivers a range of services aimed at improving health and wellbeing of vulnerable older people in Derry and Strabane council areas.
Telephone: 028 7139 7990

PHA Support Directory  Western Trust Area. A Churches’ Initiative on Suicide

Social Security Agency: Bereavement Service Contact this service to:
• Report a death to the Social Security Agency 
• Check if you may be entitled to benefits. 
• Make a claim for Bereavement Benefit or Social Fund Benefit     
Telephone:      Freephone 0800 085 2463
Victim Support Northern Ireland A charity which helps people affected by any type of crime,  providing emotional support, information and practical help to victims, witnesses and others affected by crime.
Telephone: Derry/ Londonderry 028 71370086   Omagh 028 8224 0012

Spiritual / Cultural Information

Bahá’í Council for Northern Ireland
64 Old Dundonald Road, Belfast BT16 OXS
Telephone:     028 9048 0500     

Black Mountain Zen Centre
64 Donegal Street, Cathedral Quarter, Belfast
Telephone:     028 9024 4010    

Potala Buddhist Centre (Kadampa)
40d Donegal Pass, Belfast BT7 1BS
Telephone:     028 9023 8090       

Jampa Ling Buddhist Centre
Bawnboy, Co. Cavan
Telephone:     00 353 49 952 3448     

Chinese Welfare Association NI
1, Stranmillis Embankment, Belfast BT7 1GB
Telephone:     028 9028 8277     

Church of Ireland
Diocesan Centre, 24 London Street, Londonderry BT48 6RQ
Telephone:     028 7126 2440       
Derry Travellers’ Support Group Encourages participation and empowerment amongst the traveller community.
Ballyarnet Road, 141 Racecourse Road BT48 8NG
Telephone:     028 7135 9340                                                                                

Hare Krishna Temple
140 Upper Dunmurry Lane, Belfast 
Telephone:     028 9062 0530     
Hindu Cultural Centre and Temple NI
86 Clifton Street, Belfast BT13 1AB
Telephone:     028 9024 9746 

Humanist Association NI (HUMANI) Ceremonies Coordinators:
Telephone: Myrtle Ewing             028 9076 0002
                  Jennifer Sturgeon     028 7035 4287 or 078 1803 6404

Indian Community Centre
86 Clifton Street, Belfast BT13 1AB
Telephone:     028 9024 9746      
Irish Council of Churches
Inter-Church Centre, 48 Elmwood Avenue, Belfast BT9 6AZ
Telephone:     028 9066 3145      

Islamic Centre Belfast
38 Wellington Park, Belfast BT9 6DN
Telephone:     028 9066 4465       
Jewish Community Belfast
Wolfson Centre, 49 Somerton Road, Belfast BT15 4HP
Telephone:     028 9077 7974           

Methodist Church
1 Fountainville Avenue, Belfast BT9 6AN
Telephone:     028 9032 4554     

Multi-Cultural Resource Centre
9, Lower Crescent, Belfast BT7 1NR
Telephone:     028 9024 4639     

Muslim Family Association NI
4 Thornhill Manor, Belfast BT17 9RB
Telephone:     077 6802 8072     
NI Council for Ethic Minorities (NICEM)
Ascot House, 24-31 Shaftsbury Square, Belfast BT2 7DB 
Telephone:     028 9023 8645     

Omagh Ethic Communities Support Group
Community House, 2 Drumragh Avenue, Omagh
Telephone:     028 8224 9750 

Polish Association Northern Ireland
7 North Street, Belfast, BT1 1NH
Telephone:     028 9032 1232

Pakistani Cultural Association NI
8 Braniel Park, Belfast BT5 7JL
Telephone:     028 9083 6704

Presbyterian Church in Ireland
Assembly Buildings, Fisherwick Place, Belfast BT1 6DW                 
Telephone:     028 9032 2284    
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Roman Catholic Church
Diocesan Office, Bishops House Derry BT48 9YG
Telephone:     028 7126 2302    

Sikh Cultural Community Centre NI
1 Simpson Brae, Waterside, Derry / Londonderry
Telephone:     028 7134 3935 

The National Secular Society
Telephone:     020 7404 3126