Support with bereavement

Losing someone close to you can be one of the hardest things you’ll ever experience in life, but it isn’t something that you have to go through alone. Our support can be accessed by anybody who has been bereaved – no matter how long ago this loss was. 

Our sepsis support nurses understand only too well how quickly sepsis can kill and how devastating such a tragic loss can be. We are here to help you understand what happened to your loved one and to try and answer your questions. Talk to us by calling our sepsis helpline on 0808 800 0029 or contact us by email.


If you’re not quite ready to reach out to us, we welcome you to access our guidance for navigating grief – designed by our nurses and UKST supporters that have lost someone close to them, it’s a resource that will start to help you understand the healing process. View our guide here or download below. 

Legal Advice

If you or your relative/friend has become critically ill very quickly, you may feel like you haven’t received enough information. Often people haven’t understood what’s happening or why it has happened. If this is how you feel, click here to learn more about your options.


There are also several bereavement charities that can offer specialist advice and support to adults and children that have lost someone close to them:

Child Bereavement UK Open

Child Bereavement UK helps families to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. The charity supports children and young people (up to the age of 25) when someone important to them has died or is not expected to live, and parents and the wider family when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying.

Child Bereavement UK provides training to professionals in health and social care, education, the emergency services and the voluntary and corporate sectors, equipping them to provide the best possible care to bereaved families.

Phone: 0800 02 888 40

The Good Grief Trust Open

Run by the bereaved, for the bereaved. The Good Grief Trust exists to help all those affected by grief in the UK. They aim to find the bereaved, acknowledge their grief and provide reassurance and ongoing support. 

Cruse Bereavement Care Open

Experienced volunteers provide free and confidential advice, information and support for anyone who has been bereaved, by telephone, email or face-to-face. They also offer support to young people on their website, Hope again.

Phone: 0808 808 1677 

Child Death Helpline Open

This helpline offers support to anyone affected by the death of a child of any age, under any circumstances, however recent or long ago.

Phone: 0808 80 06019 


Check what to do after a death – how to register the death, notify government departments and deal with the estate.