GriefChat - we're here to help 9am - 9pm Monday - Friday (or leave us a message), click on the 'pop up' menu below right of your screen

Most people expect to be very upset or distressed when someone close to them has died. What takes many people by surprise is how strong the emotions can be, how they can change very quickly, and how long they last. People around you may seem to think you should be ‘back to normal’ after a few weeks or months. You might appear to be your usual self to other people, but you know that on the inside, you’re not even sure what normal is anymore.

Everyone grieves in a way that is unique to them and their relationship with the person who has died. Well-intentioned people may say to you, ‘Time is a great healer.’ Sometimes, however, it can seem that life is more difficult as the weeks and months go by.

We know that no-one can understand exactly what your loss feels like to you. But we do understand that it’s sometimes easier to talk to someone outside of your friends and family about grief and the impact of bereavement on your life and this is why we offer the GriefChat service.

GriefChat was created by bereavement experts and by clicking on the GriefChat box below, you can chat directly to a specially trained bereavement counsellor. GriefChat counsellors are experienced in supporting bereaved people and will listen to your story, explore how your grief is affecting you and help you to find any additional support you might need. GriefChat is a completely free service and is available Monday-Friday, 9am-9pm or by email out of these hours.

GriefChat provides emotional support for bereaved people, access to trained bereavement counsellors and referral into other specialist bereavement services.

The Bereavement Advice Centre can help with practical issues relating to bereavement eg. the practical things that you need to do when someone dies.

Email GriefChat

Phone GriefChat:  01524 782910

Find out more about the people behind GriefChat.

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Our society spends most of its time attempting to anaesthetise itself from pain and fearful of death. AataLoss.org's support is much needed

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Nigel Hand, Birmingham Cathedral

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We live in an age where we think death is an option.

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David Hockney, Artist

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To have life in focus, we must have death in our field of vision.

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Bishop Nigel McCulloch

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Grief is the price we pay for love.

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Queen Elizabeth ll

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It dawns on you quite suddenly that life is never, ever going to be the same again, that the whole world has changed in a moment.

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Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

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Grief is like a long, winding valley where any bend may reveal a totally new landscape.

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C S Lewis, A Grief Observed

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Listening and support is essential for those walking through the dark valley of bereavement.

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Nigel Hand, Birmingham Cathedral

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Each year thousands of children and teenagers are left to cope with multiple issues around death without the support they need and deserve. Who can measure the impact of this on their education and wider social, emotional and spiritual development? That’s why the work of AtaLoss.org is so important: acknowledging their pain, working to meet their need and helping them move forward.

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Rev. Canon Steve Chalke MBE, Founder and Leader, Oasis Global and Academies

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AtaLoss.org will help equip church communities to rise to the challenge of supporting the bereaved. I am delighted to commend this important charity to you

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Bishop Christopher Chessun, Bishop of Southwark

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I really regret not talking about my mother's death

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Prince Harry

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The GrabLife weekend was a safe environment to speak openly with people who truly understand.

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GrabLife guest

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I can honestly say going on the GrabLife weekend was the best decision I had made since losing my partner.    

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GrabLife guest

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There is no such thing as ‘very few losses’. We’ve all had tons of losses and we need to take ownership of them. We can be overwhelmed by them and go under, or we can recognise them as integral to living.

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Jim Kuykendall, Bereavement Therapist

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Each one of us can be a creative survivor.

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Judy Tatelbaum, Author

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Your deepest life message will come out of your deepest pain.

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Rick Warren, Senior Pastor, Saddleback Church, California

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Having received a huge amount of support myself and seeing the work provided by AtaLoss, with such care and practicality, I’d like to contribute something too, that I might be helping others going through often bewildering loss.”

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Michael - participant in The Bereavement Journey

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We have seen at first hand the huge impact that doing the Bereavement Journey has made for hundreds of people. AtaLoss.org will enable this vital support to be offered to more people at a critical moment in their lives.

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Nicky and Sila Lee, Associate vicar at HTB and Founders of The Marriage Courses

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Bereavement is a very normal experience for all, but one many of us struggle to deal with. AtaLoss.org is a really timely initiative to help us find support and better understanding at crucial times.

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Stephen Skuce, Cliff College Acting Principal and Methodist Connexion

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Bereavement puts enormous pressure on families and the support they receive makes all the difference. That's why Care for the Family is pleased to endorse the work of AtaLoss.org.

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Rob Parsons, Care for the Family