Bereavement Support

We deeply care for our community, offering compassionate and unwavering support throughout the grieving process, ensuring you're never alone in your journey.

Wrap around Love for Families

At W J Wrights we all feel very privileged to do what we do. It is a vocation that is felt very deeply and we are all here to share the best of ourselves on a daily basis for the benefit of others and to serve our community with respect, warmth and caring support.

We can be depended upon to offer practical help in a nurturing and gentle way and will do all that we can to help you shoulder your bereavement, to guide you by the hand through this period.

Our care begins from the moment you make contact with our funeral home. We are
instantly on hand to provide immediate help and support with a respectful service. We can assist with advice on registration and can even provide transport to your registrar’s appointment if required. We can be contacted at any time before, during or after a bereavement, there is no limit or time frame. Just because the funeral service has taken place it does not mean that our door has been closed to you, you are still very important to us.

Sometimes it is good to know that there is someone there for you. Someone who knows something of what you have been through, who remains impartial and non-judgemental.

Someone who is respectful, understanding, supportive and who appreciates the importance of confidentiality. We can also put you in touch with organisations who can support you in difficult times. In some cases, this may not be enough and perhaps professional help can be of benefit.

Having counselling can mean that there is a safe place for you to offload and vent your feelings. You will not be judged by what you say and will be able to talk freely without feeling that you are affecting others. We are able to refer you to our counselling and support partners at Care First if you feel this might help.

Counselling and Support

At some point in our lives we will all experience grief, grief is a natural response to loss. It’s the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. Often, the pain of loss can feel overwhelming and it can cause us emotional and physical pain.

In the early stages after a bereavement, you might feel numb or nothing at all. You may feel detached from reality almost as if you were in a fog. This is the initial period of shock. You may even carry on as if nothing happened or find yourself focusing on necessary tasks such as cancelling bills and dealing with the practicalities of sorting property or making the funeral arrangements.

If you didn’t see the person who died very often, you might catch yourself thinking they’re still alive. This can become particularly painful when you realise it isn’t true.
Later on, after the initial shock has worn away, you might find that reality sets in. This is when you might feel overwhelmed by the depth and range of emotions you may be feeling. Some people may feel this acutely from the start, while for others these feelings may take a while to develop.

It can also be common to find the second year after someone dies to be just as difficult or even harder than the first. People around you may have resumed their normal lives and routines and you might feel there’s less space or opportunity for you to talk about your feelings.

The advent of anniversaries, birthdays, Christmas or family celebrations can also be very painful. You might find that even though a year has passed, you feel the emotions as strongly as when the person first died.

It’s important to remember that, in time, you will feel better and more able to cope. This doesn’t mean that you are ever completely over it, rather that it is possible to start to find pleasure in life again, while still remembering and missing someone you have lost.

To support you through your bereavement, we have partnered with First Care to provide all our families with specialist, confidential and free of charge counselling and support.

All First Care Counsellors are highly qualified and skilled in working with the bereaved so that they can help you to understand your experience of grief, develop self-care, and coping strategies to help you deal with the challenges you may be facing.

They are also on hand to assist with a wider range of matters from employment issues, to probate and Wills, to financial and tax queries.

First Care’s range of support services are available 24 hours a day.

To benefit from these services, simply get in touch with us and we can provide you with a direct contact telephone number.

Further Support – Bereavement Care

In addition to counselling, and friends and family, your local ordained and lay minister are also available for support, as are the charitable organisations listed below:

At A Loss

Is an organisation which is committed to ensuring that everyone in the UK who has suffered a significant loss can locate support. The website aims to provide an access point to a range of bereavement support.


This road safety charity runs a helpline (0845 603 8570) for anyone bereaved as a result of a road crash.

Care for the Family – Bereaved Parent Support

Support for any parent whose son or daughter has died at any age, in any circumstances, and at any stage in their journey of grieving. We provide a telephone befriending service (for those who have lost a child aged 35 or under), day and weekend support events, a regular email support newsletter, a Facebook page, personal stories and helpful articles, and short support films in the Bereavement Playlist on Care for the Family s YouTube channel. We also run Brothers and Sisters: life after loss events and a closed Facebook group to support bereaved adult siblings.

Child Bereavement UK

Provides support to families and professionals when a child dies or when a child is bereaved of someone important in their lives. Services offered include a Support and Information Line, interactive website with a Families and Professionals Forum, resources and Professionals Training Programme. Tel: (01494) 446648.

Child Death Helpline

Telephone helpline for anyone affected by the death of a child, from pre-birth to the death of an adult child, however long ago, and whatever the circumstances. It is staffed by experienced and trained bereaved parent volunteers.

The Compassionate Friends

An organisation of bereaved parents and their families offering understanding, support and encouragement to others after the death of a child or children. They also offer support, advice and information to other relatives, friends and professionals who are helping the family.

Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse is the largest bereavement support organisation for both adults and children in the UK. They provide one-to-one support to anyone who has suffered bereavement, together with a telephone helpline (0844 477 9400). Their website gives further information and contact details for local branches.

CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young

Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) supports those bereaved through young sudden cardiac death (also known as SADS, SDS); and has a Surgery Supporters Network for young people (aged 14-35) diagnosed with a cardiac condition. CRY promotes heart screening and ECG testing programmes, and funds the CRY Centre for Sports Cardiology and the CRY Centre for Cardiac Pathology. 01737 363222.

Grief Encounter

Supports bereaved children and their families to help alleviate the pain caused by the death of someone close. The website contains helpful support pages for families, young people, professionals and schools. 020 8371 8455.
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The Lullaby Trust

Provides expert advice on safer sleep for babies, emotional support for bereaved families and raises awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Miscarriage Association

Miscarriage can be a very unhappy, frightening and lonely experience. Support, information and comfort are provided for those who have been affected by the loss of a baby in pregnancy, whether recently or long ago.

SADS UK – Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome

National cardiac charity providing support to families and individuals affected by a sudden unexpected death. Qualified counsellors and support contacts offer assistance after the death of a child or young spouse. Retreats for the bereaved. Also supports those diagnosed with cardiac conditions and donates cardiac equipment to medical establishments.


Provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support 24 hours a day to people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. 08457 90 90 90.

SAMM – Support After Murder and Manslaughter

Supporting those who have been bereaved as a result of murder or manslaughter, through a telephone helpline (v), information and other activities, including local groups.

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

(Previously known as SOBS) Providing help and support to those bereaved by the suicide of a relative or close friend. They provide information, a helpline (0844 561 6855) and other activities, including local groups and events throughout the UK.

Widowed Young Support

Support for anyone whose partner has died early in life (up to age 50, or older if there are dependent children). We provide a telephone befriending service, day and weekend support events, a regular email support newsletter, a Facebook page, personal stories and helpful articles, and short support films in the Bereavement Playlist on Care for the Family’s YouTube channel.

Winston’s Wish

Winston’s Wish supports bereaved children and young people up to the age of 18 through a whole range of activities, including a helpline (08452 030405), group work, residential events and resources.

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