While we firmly believe nature to be an extraordinary healer, when it comes to the dreadful pain of losing someone we dearly love, sometimes a little more help can be very valuable. After all, grief is seldom as simple as sadness, however deep; it can feel unpredictable, hitting us in ways that we hadn't expected, with periods of numbness, emptiness, rage, guilt and resentment. Furthermore, there are many practical issues that need to be dealt with when someone has died, and at a time when it can be very hard to think. There is help available. Nature Reserve Burial Grounds supports the work of these organisations.
See also our page: When Someone Dies.
The Bereavement Advice Centre helps with practicalities, such as what to do when someone dies, arranging a funeral, and coping with the legal and financial issues that arise, including social security benefits. They can be reached on (freephone) 0800 634 9494
Lasting Post is a web-based voluntary organistion offering comprehensive help with grief and bereavement, from practical guidance about arranging a funeral, through to advice and support for those coping following a loved one’s death.
The Counselling Directory provides a counselling support network, enabling those in distress to find a counsellor close to them and appropriate for their needs. It is a free, confidential service that will hopefully encourage those in distress to seek help. Every counsellor has submitted their qualifications and insurance cover to the Directory administration, or is registered with a professional body online with recognised codes of ethics and practice, so you can be assured of their professionalism.
Oxfordshire SANDS is a volunteer-led group dedicated to providing help and support for anyone affected by the death of a baby. We are a local branch of Sands (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death charity), and cover the Oxfordshire region including the area covered by the John Radcliffe (Oxford) and Horton (Banbury) hospitals. We offer a befriender service and also hold informal group meetings once every two months in Bicester. We have a quarterly newsletter and we also host a number of awareness and fundraising events throughouttheyear. Please visit our website for further information. www.oxfordshiresands.org.uk
The Samaritans provides an extraordinary service. Their volunteers are there for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you can talk and be heard.
National: 08457 909090
Banbury: 01295 270000
Stratford upon Avon: 01789 298866