Bereavement, grief and loss can cause many different symptoms and they affect people in different ways. There’s no right or wrong way to feel. Some of these symptoms include: 

  • Shock and numbness – this is usually the first reaction to loss, and people often talk about “being in a daze”
  • Overwhelming sadness, with lots of crying tiredness or exhaustion
  • Anger – towards the person you’ve lost or the reason for your loss
    Guilt – for example, guilt about feeling angry, about something you said or did not say, or not being able to stop your loved one dying.

There is help and support out there, which can help you deal with bereavement. Use the links below to find support groups near you, online support and advice. 

If U Care Share

Cruse Bereavement Support 

Child Bereavement UK 

Grief Encounter 

Childhood Bereavement Network 

Coronavirus Bereavement

What’s Your Grief

Age.UK, coping with bereavement and arranging a funeral

Explaining grief, loss and coping with bereavement to children and young people. A short video by ‘Fixers UK’ a young people’s charity.

Feeling Anxious – Most people experience anxiety or feel scared at some point, but if it’s affecting your day to day life there are things you can try that may help. Click HERE to read more.

Feeling Suicidal – If you or someone close to you are experiencing thoughts of suicide or self-harm, it’s important to know that you’re not alone. Click HERE to read more.

Feeling Down – Feeling down or low is part of life, luckily there are things you can do to improve your mood if it feels like it’s becoming too much. Click HERE to read more.

Financial Advice – For help with finances click HERE.

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Get involved with research for the Armed Forces Suicide Bereavement Pack

Armed Forces Suicide Bereavement Pack (AFSBP) study was launched on 1st April 2022. The study is being conducted by Suicide Bereavement UK in collaboration with SSAFA, The Armed Forces Charity. Dr. Sharon McDonnell, Managing Director of Suicide Bereavement UK,  will be leading this research project.

The study has been commissioned by NHS England and NHS Improvement’s Armed Forces commissioning team.  

They aim to produce an evidence-based suicide bereavement pack to support individuals bereaved by Armed Forces suicide.  The pack will provide information for:

  • Armed Forces families and friends;
  • Civilian next-of-kin and friends;
  • Active service men and women;
  • Veterans.

The study consists of two phases:

Phase 1

  • Identification and collation of existing sources of support available to those bereaved by Armed Forces suicide;
  • Conducting interviews with up to 20 relatives, friends and colleagues whose ‘significant other’ died by suicide in the last 10 years whilst serving or after service in the Armed Forces to identify their experiences and needs.

Phase 2

  • Development of an Armed Forces suicide bereavement pack (content & design) based on insights gathered from Phase 1.

We need your help. Please can you signpost us to: 

  • Any existing resources for those who have been bereaved by an Armed Forces suicide;
  • Any organisations that specifically support those bereaved by an Armed Forces suicide.

If you are able to signpost us to any key resources, please email the information to the following address:

For more information on the study CLICK HERE If you would like to be kept up-to-date on progress of this study, please notify