Bereavement Support

Bereavement, grief, and loss can affect people in different ways. At this time you may have many questions about what needs to be done, who you need to inform, where you can get advice and support.
Below we have links to support groups or resources available for you or your loved ones. 


Group Description
IOS Undertaker
Alfie Trenear is the Isles of Scilly funeral director. He has many years experience and can work with you to plan and organise everything throughout the process. As a first point of call, get in contact with Alfie to discuss the options. Phone number 01720 422601.
The National Bereavement Service

The National Bereavement Service (NBS). They provide free practical advice and emotional support to families going through a bereavement – anything from explaining the ins & outs of probate to helping someone find a bereavement counsellor to just providing a listening ear. The service can be accessed by phone on 0800 024 6121, email or live webchat.  

This network was set up in early 2020 to help people affected by bereavement find support and services in one central resource. Their goal is to make support easily accessible to those experiencing bereavement, whether that is through end-of-life care, funeral planning, legal services, counselling, or support groups. 
This is available to anyone in the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly region. 
This leaflet shares important information to help bereaved families, friends, or next of kin make important decisions and explains the next steps, answers some of your questions, and guides you to the extra help and support that is available. 
The NHS have collected advice and guidance on how to cope with stress, anxiety or depression. 
The Community Friendship cafe is a virtual drop-in space for Support & Information, A place to share experiences, Wellbeing activities, Bereavement support, and Virtual friendships. Members of the Cornwall Hospice Care Community Services Team are on hand to support, advise, and signpost you to useful resources, chat, and more. 

Support for Children & Young People

Group Description
Five Island Academy has collected a number of resources for children coping with bereavement. It has a number of books aimed at differing age groups
Child Bereavement UK helps children and young people (up to age 25), parents, and families, to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies.
The Childhood Bereavement Network (CBN) is the hub for those working with bereaved children, young people, and their families across the UK. We underpin our members' work with essential support and representation; bringing them together across localities, disciplines, and sectors to improve bereavement care for children. 









Faith Group Support

Group Description and Contacts
Church of England

The Isles of Scilly Minister for the Church of England is the Rev. Elizabeth Burke. Elizabeth is here to aid and support you and your family during this difficult process, and is always available for a chat and a prayer. 01720 423911

Methodist Church

The Methodist Church has a collection of resources available that are intended for all, not just Christians, which is reflected in some fo the materials. The resources are grouped into eight topics, and each section also includes one or more Personal view pieces by both Methodist and other contributors, giving their individual perspectives on a related theme.    The Methodist Minister to the islands is Rev. Carole Holmes.  01720 422406