Loss and bereavement

Losses include loss of significant person (bereavement), relationship, body image or function, health, sexual function, control or religious beliefs, loss of job, income, home, property or treasured objects, loss of plans, hopes and future dreams, loss or role, identity, independence, innocence, freedom, safety or loss of life.

For information on what to do when someone dies visit your local Council website. 

Other support services include:

Cruse bereavement offer information on inquests and post mortems, funerals, benefits, entitlements and legal issues.

Coping with bereavement – Sunderland University

A Widow's Tale from the BBC

The Government aim to simplify and strengthen process of death certification
Click here to read news and publications about Government work to simplify and strengthen the process of death certification as part of its response to the recommendations of the Shipman Inquiry. The proposed changes will require the certified cause(s) of all deaths that are not investigated by a coroner to be independently scrutinised and confirmed by a locally appointed medical examiner. The changes will also offer an important opportunity to provide improved information on cause of death to strengthen public health surveillance. 

Relationship Breakdown
Why do breakups hurt so much, even when the relationship is no longer good? A divorce or breakup is painful because it represents the loss, not just of the relationship, but also of shared dreams and commitments. Romantic relationships begin on a high note of excitement and hope for the future. When these relationships fail, we experience profound disappointment, stress, and grief.  Go to helpguide.org to read more!

From resolving problems with your relationship to ending your marriage or civil partnership or what will happen to your money, property and possessions when your relationship ends www.direct.gov.uk will keep you informed.

Go to Shelter to work out what rights you have to your home if you split up with your partner, and provides information about welfare benefits and the rights of couples with dependent children.

Job Loss
The prospect of losing your job is difficult to plan for at the best of times, but you have rights that are protected by law. To find help to make sense of redundancy or dismissal, enabling you to manage your finances and reconsider your options for the future click here.

Losing your home
For advice when faced with losing your home and the steps required before repossession go to: www.nidirect.gov.uk

Loss of freedom
For information on being sentenced by a court or to access a quick guide to being sentenced by a court and useful advice if you know someone in prison.  Go to: www.direct.gov.uk

Going to prison - find housing advice in your area at: 

Loss of Sexual Function
NHS choices gives information and advice for both men and women experiencing loss of sexual function.

Click here for more information on loss and Bereavement

13:TwentyFive Project

Provides a range of mental health and wellbeing services for young people aged 11-25 years old throughout the city of Sunderland. Offering 1-1 counselling, ccbt, theraputic groups... Click for more info...

Age UK Gateshead

Age UK Gateshead is a registered charity providing a wide range of services and activities for people aged 50+ across Gateshead. Services include: social groups, daycentres, bereavement support, information & advice, advocacy, benefits checks, exercise classes and activity groups.... Click for more info...

Age UK South Tyneside

Age UK South Tyneside provide a wide range of services to support older people to love later life. Services include information and advice, money advice service, Cafe Monteiro, health and wellbeing activities, home support, digital inclusion, befriending service, home from hospital service, falls prevention, handyperson, insurance products and services and volunteering opportunities. ... Click for more info...

Aspire Learning, Support and Wellbeing

Aspire is an award-winning not-for-profit organisation based in Chester-le-Street. We deliver high-quality learning, support and wellbeing services at our women-only centre and to mixed audiences in communities and organisations across the North East.... Click for more info...

Choices Counselling Service

Private confidential counselling in a safe place with free car parking and full disabled access, just 2 minutes from the metro and bus station. A Fully inclusive service irrespective of your background, gender or cultural beliefs. ... Click for more info...

Community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (C CAMHS)

The Community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (NHS) offers professional support to children and young people 0-18 years who may display emotional upset/behaviour difficulties. We also link with parents/carers and other professionals involved with the young person. ... Click for more info...

Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse Tyneside provides free support and information services to bereaved children, young people and their immediate families who reside in South Tyneside. Support is offered by fully trained volunteers at premises in South Tyneside.... Click for more info...

Elemental Changes

Reiki Healing, Massage, Hypnotherapy, NLP coaching, Past Life Regression, Hopi Ear Candling, Tarot Reading, Meditation and Relaxation sessions to promote wellbeing in Monkseaton, Whitley Bay, Newcastle upon Tyne and the North East of England. Mobile service available.... Click for more info...

Emotional Wellbeing Team Gateshead CAMHS

The Emotional Wellbeing Team (EWT) is made up of practitioners in Gateshead who provide services aimed at improving the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children, young people and their families. We work with children and young people who are aged 4-18 and who live in Gateshead, who are experiencing mild to moderate emotional, behavioural and psychological difficulties such as: Behavioural difficulties, including low mood, anxiety and depression. Eating distress.Sleep difficulties. Self-Harm. Bereavement and Loss. Relationship difficulties. Bullying. We aim to offer the most appropriate, evidence-based therapies and programmes, according to need. The services are provided from Grassbanks Sector Base,which is situated next to Grassbanks Health Centre. ... Click for more info...

Escape Intervention Services Ltd

Counselling for all issues including bereavement/loss, complementary therapies, anger management, stress management and family mediation for young people aged 11-18years and their parents/carers. Also provider of activities for young people aged 11-18 years, promoting physical, emotional, psychological and mental wellbeing.... Click for more info...
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