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The death of someone close from meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia can be traumatic, distressing and painful. The suddenness of the death can lead to confusion, feelings of isolation and disbelief. You may have many questions regarding the death, the disease and what to expect in the weeks and months ahead.

How we can help

Talking to someone unrelated and removed from the situation can be beneficial, this is where we can help and support you during this difficult time. Our helpline staff are there to listen and can answer your questions and talk through the ways we may be able to help.

Our Founder, Steve Dayman knows personally the impact of meningitis having lost his son Spencer to meningitis in 1982. He is always there for people to talk to on the phone or visit them at home. Just call him on 07903 412144 or email him at [email protected]

Our counselling service offers an opportunity to talk in confidence to someone experienced in listening to people who are bereaved. It focuses on the emotional trauma and life changes that you may be experiencing. Professional help, while not for everyone, may be needed shortly after death, or a long time afterwards. It can confirm that what you are experiencing is normal.

For children and young people who can find it difficult to express their emotions, we can provide access to creative therapies, such as art, music and play therapy.

Our financial support grants can help reduce the associated stress and anxiety that unexpected financial pressures can bring. We can provide grants to help with funeral costs and headstones.

We can also put you in touch with someone else who has been bereaved through meningitis. Our volunteers can give telephone or e-mail support when it’s needed, this may be a short relationship or, for some it can form a lasting bond

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Other organisations that can help

Cruse provides a telephone helpline for support after a bereavement. It also has trained volunteers provide face-to-face support and practical advice in branches across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Child Death Helpline is a helpline for anyone affected by the death of a child of any age, from prebirth to adult, under any circumstances, however recently or long ago.



Meningitis Now is the new name for Meningitis UK and the Meningitis Trust. Our goals remain the same – saving lives and rebuilding futures.

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