We can help you find support available when you're bereaved or affected by a death.
If you would like to speak to someone in person, you can call Greater Manchester Bereavement Service:
0161 983 0902
Monday, 9am to 5pm
Tuesday, 9am to 5pm
Wednesday, 9am to 8pm
Thursday, 9am to 5pm
Friday, 9am to 5pm
(Except bank holidays)
Or, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Six Degrees Social Enterprise have been commissioned by Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership to run the Greater Manchester Bereavement Service.
If you need to speak with someone at a weekend about a bereavement, please call:
NHS Bereavement Helpline
0800 2600 400
Available 8am to 8pm daily
If you are in distress, please call Samaritans on 116 123 at no cost, any time of the day or night. Whatever you’re going through, a Samaritan will face it with you.
How to help someone bereaved
If you know someone who is grieving the death of someone close you may wonder how best to support them. Read on for some suggestions from Cruse Bereavement Care of what to say and do.
People who have been bereaved may want to talk about the person who has died. One of the most helpful things you can do is simply listen and give them time and space to grieve. Offering specific practical help, not vague general offers, can also be very helpful.
- Be there for the person who is grieving – pick up the phone, write a letter or an email, call by or arrange to visit.
- Accept that everyone grieves in their own way, there is no ‘normal’ way.
- Encourage the person to talk.
- Listen to the person.
- Create an environment in which the bereaved person can be themselves and show their feelings, rather than having to put on a front.
- Be aware that grief can take a long time.
- Contact the person at difficult times such as special anniversaries and birthdays.
- Mention useful support agencies such as Cruse Bereavement Care.
- Offer useful practical help.
- Avoid someone who has been bereaved.
- Use clichés such as ‘I understand how you feel’, ‘You’ll get over it’ or ‘Time heals’.
- Tell them it’s time to move on, they should be over it – how long a person needs to grieve is entirely individual.
- Be alarmed if the bereaved person doesn’t want to talk or demonstrates anger.
- Underestimate how emotionally draining it can be when supporting a grieving person. Make sure you take care of yourself too.