Coping with Bereavement

If you are having problems coping, either emotionally or practically with the loss of a spouse, family member or friend, through death or separation, there are many organisations that can help you.

  • Age Concern’s booklet ‘Bereavement and Grief’ provides guidance and help for coping yourself or supporting others who have recently been bereaved, as well as information on Wills and Probate.  This can be obtained at the Age Concern Pembrokeshire (opens in a new tab)  office or Age Concern Cymru (opens in a new tab) 
  • Cruse Bereavement Care (opens in a new tab) - A national charity providing counselling, information and support for those suffering from bereavement. Volunteer counsellors are carefully selected, trained and supervised. There is an all Wales helpline and a specialist service for children in Wales.
    • Cruse National Helpline - Tel: 0808 808 1677
    • Cruse Cymru - Tel: 02920 886913 / Email:
    • Pembrokeshire Cruse - Tel: 0800 288 4700 / Email:
    • 10:00am - 12:00 noon Monday - Friday (Answerphone at all other times)
  • National Bereavement Alliance (opens in a new tab) - Everybody’s experience of grief is different and there is no ‘right’ way to grieve or cope. Talking to people close to you can help, but many people need additional support at this difficult tim
  • The Grief Support Guide (opens in a new tab) outlines the wide variety of bereavement support available, from self-help resources to support groups and formal grief counselling. The guide also includes details of support for specific groups of bereaved people e.g. young widow(er)s, children, the LGBTQ+ community, faith groups, and people bereaved by certain types of death.

Bereavement counselling

If you have experienced the death of someone who was very important to you, you might be finding it very difficult to adjust to the immense changes happening in your life right now. Grief can shake everything up - your beliefs, your personality, and even your sense of reality.

  • Bereavement counselling may be able to provide support during these very difficult times. Talking about the loss often allows a person to adjust to their new life with all its changes - good and bad. Keeping things bottled up or denying the sadness could prolong the pain. Any loss has to be acknowledged for us to move forward. Bereavement counselling tries to help clients find a place for their loss so they can carry on with life and eventually find acceptance.
  • Marie Curie - National end-of-life care charity that provides a range of support for people bereaved as a result of any terminal illness, this includes counselling, group and 1:1 telephone support.
ID: 2560, revised 07/05/2024