Friends & Family – Bereavement
Have you lost a loved one? Support is out there
Losing a loved one is never going to be easy, there are lots of understanding people, organisations and services out there who can offer guidance, support and advice when it’s needed most.
Following notification of the death of a partner or family member, within 24 hours a Visiting Officer will be appointed who will visit you to provide follow-on support. Veterans UK provide an information pack that outlines this process more fully.
Each military service offers it’s own bereavement support groups:
- The Army Widows Association aims to offer comfort, support and friendship to the widows and widowers of service men and women, and help them resolve some of the difficulties they may face after the death of their spouse. They can be contacted for advice on: 0300 666 0136 www.armywidows.org.uk.
- The Army Benevolent Fund also offer support to soldiers’ immediate families who have suffered a bereavement or who may be experiencing temporary financial difficulty, they can be contacted on 0207 811 3207 www.soldierscharity.org/need-our-help/apply-for-help
- The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund is the RAF’s leading welfare charity and offer support on a number of family matters including bereavement www.rafbf.org
- The Royal Navy Royal Marines Widows’ Association aims to bring friendship, support, guidance and comfort to those who have experienced the trauma of bereavement www.rnrmwidowsassociation.org
In addition to these service related support groups there are lots of local bereavement support services available, including:
- Liverpool Bereavement Service offer support and counselling as well as a one-to-one children’s support service
- Cruse Bereavement Care offer support via telephone and email as well as face to face and children and young people’s support
Forces Support offer practical support in the shape of home or garden maintenace, helping you to pick up the jobs which might have built up during a family’s time of grieving. They can be contacted on 01562 742 798 www.forcessupport.org.uk
Support for bereaved children
There are a number of organisations that offer support and opportunities specifically for bereaved children:
- Scotty’s Little Soldiers and Families’ Activity Breaks (FAB) both offer holidays and breaks to bereaved military families, whether it’s a challenging adventure trip or a peaceful beach holiday you’re after, these two organisatons can help!
- Forces Children’s Trust offer provides help and support to children and their families through educational and social events, bereavement counselling days and holidays.
- The Armed Forces Bereavement Scholarship Scheme provides a scholarship to enable a bereaved child to stay in further education for up to 3 years, contributing towards both the tuition fees and maintenance fees of a first undergraduate degree. For more information on support offered and how to apply visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/afbss-form-1