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:


In addition to these service related support groups there are lots of local bereavement support services available, including:

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

Support for bereaved children

There are a number of organisations that offer support and opportunities specifically for bereaved children:

  • 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:

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