Bereavement and loss

Digital resources

  • Cruse Bereavement Care is a national charity supporting people who are bereaved. Have a look at the resources they have available.
  • Support after suicide offers information and support for anyone affected by suicide.
  • NHS Choices has information about bereavement.
  • What's your grief resources and discussion about grief
  • The Harbour free counselling service for people who have been recently bereaved or are affected by a life-threatening illness.


  • Child bereavement UK for young people who are experiencing grief.
  • Calm to help you manage your mood in the grief process with meditation.


Podcasts/audio downloads

Blogs and vlogs


  • The NHS Northumberland Tyne and Wear website contains a downloadable leaflet about bereavement.
  • The Royal College of Psychiatrists have a downloadable leaflet about bereavement that can be translated into several languages.
  • Help is at hand is a downloadable leaflet to support anyone bereaved by suicide.


  • Lewis, C. S. (2013). 'A grief observed'. Faber & Faber.
  • Ironside, V. (1997). 'You'll get over it: the rage of bereavement'. Penguin.
  • Kohn, I. & Moffitt, P.L. (2000) 'A Silent Sorrow: Pregnancy Loss, Guidance and support for you and your family'. Routledge.
  • Wallbank, S (1991). 'Facing Grief: Bereavement and the Young Adult', James Clarke & Co. Ltd.
  • Abrams, R. (2012) 'When Parents Die'. Routledge.
  • Lukas, C. (2007) 'Silent Grief: Living in the Wake of Suicide'. Jessica Kingsley.

Support groups (face-to-face and online)

  • We provide a bereavement group in the autumn and spring terms each year, keep a look out for this and other supportive groups.
  • The Mix have an online chat forum for young people.
  • Big White Wall is an anonymous online resource available to you for free as a Bristol University student.
  • Paul's Fund provide respite for young people experiencing bereavement, a life threatening illness or being a carer.


  • The Bereavement Trust provide support and practical advice about bereavement. Open from 6pm to10pm every day. Tel: 0800 435 455.
  • Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) for anyone affected by suicide. Tel: 0300 111 5065, 9am to 9pm every day.
  • Sands for anyone affected by stillbirth or neonatal death. Tel: 0808 164 3332.
  • Nightline: call this dedicated phoneline for advice and a listening ear during the night. Students run this service. 
    Tel: +44 (0)117 926 6266. Open 8pm to 8am , Monday to Friday, term time.

Other support and services

There are a number of other counselling services in Bristol who can help you. They are free or low cost.

Our Health and Wellbeing pages offer support and advice on all aspects of life as a student. 

Big White Wall

Big White Wall helps you to get support, take control and feel better when you are anxious, low or not coping.

The online service is free, available 24/7 and completely anonymous.

  • Chat to other members who may be experiencing the same things as you
  • Access a range of tools to help you self-manage
  • Set goals and track progress
  • Access articles, videos and online courses.

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