Bereavement Services
to Help You Through
Difficult Times

The National Bereavement Service helps those in need of
support during the difficult time of losing a loved one with
our services including emotional and legal assistance.

Bereavement Service. We’re here when you need us most

The National Bereavement Service helps those in need of support during the difficult time of losing a loved one.

What does the National Bereavement Service offer?

National Bereavement Service (NBS) provides bespoke practical and emotional support for bereaved people. Contact bereavement services via our helpline or send us a message today to get help.

Emotional support and bereavement care is available to those who need extra comfort during this challenging time. We’re here to help and find solutions – whatever that may be.

At the NBS, you can find the following help:

  • Registering a death and when the coroner or procurator fiscal is involved
  • Finding a reliable funeral director and how a funeral can be paid for
  • Prioritising who needs to be informed of a death
  • Help with understanding if you need probate and how to go about it
  • Information about legal tasks, whether you can do it yourself or you need a solicitor and the costs
  • Dealing with debts of the person who died
  • Support if you feel you are struggling with your emotions
  • Advice on how to support family, friends and colleagues with grief

If anything is not on this list that you need to ask, please contact us.

Every bereavement is different and unique

There are different steps to take, depending on the circumstances of your bereavement. We’re here to help with the practical aspects of bereavement, as well as sourcing the emotional support you may need. We will guide you and explain what is happening, whatever situation you find yourself facing.

We are NBS

The National Bereavement Service (NBS) provides bespoke practical and emotional support for bereaved people in the UK. The NBS offers practical bereavement support including finding a reliable funeral director and guiding you through the legal side of bereavement. Signposting for bereavement counselling is also available. This includes child bereavement and suicide bereavement, as well as providing advice and care to anyone planning ahead in anticipation of their own death.

Emotional support and bereavement care is available to those who need extra help during this challenging time. We’re here to help and find solutions – whatever is needed.

“When a loved one dies it is upsetting and traumatic, but few of us realise how much practical work goes along with it.

 “So getting help with the practical aspects of bereavement while you are coping with the emotional impact is vital.

 “The National Bereavement Service provides help to people on all the practicalities they need to take at a time when it’s hard to think of anything other than the person that has died.”

Claire Henry MBE

Visiting Researcher Palliative and End of Life Care Study Group University of Cambridge

Visiting Fellow Open University

Director The Loss Project