Bereavement support

Losing a loved one to meningitis is one of the hardest things you’ll ever have to face. Meningitis Now is here to help you with emotional and financial support, for as long as you need it

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Whether you call our Helpline, speak to one of our Community Support Officers or have a home visit we’re here to listen and support you through this incredibly difficult time. And we know that money is the last thing you’ll want to think about, so our financial support can help with the unexpected costs that come when someone dies.

We also provide support events for people who have lost a loved one to meningitis. Forever Weekends are for adults only, whereas our Forever Days are for all the family. These events provide the opportunity to talk about your loved one, take part in sessions with bereavement specialists and meet other people who really understand what you’re going through, regardless of how many years have passed.

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Home Visits

Home visits are offered by our Community Support Officers (CSOs) and our Executive Founder, Steve Dayman, who lost his son Spencer to meningitis in 1982. Steve has been offering immediate bereavement support over the past 30 years, using his first-hand experience of how devastating this disease can be to provide support through the initial grief and trauma. Steve and the CSOs can come and visit you at home or speak to you via email or phone. 

Contact the CSO in your region.

“Steve Dayman’s visit was vital to our understanding of what meningitis actually is and really enforced to us that there really was nothing we could have done to change the tragic outcome.” 

Forever Funds

Forever Funds are a lasting way to remember someone special to you, whilst raising vital funds to fight meningitis. A fund is named after your loved one and becomes a permanent memorial to them. All the money you, your friends and family raise in memory of your loved will be added to your special fund.

Find out more about Meningitis Now Forever Funds.

Other sources of support

Whilst we are not bereavement specialists, we do have over 30 years’ experience of understanding the impact a sudden loss of a loved one from meningitis can have. We will support you in any way we can, for as long as you need us. However, if our bereavement support is not right for you, we can help signpost you to dedicated bereavement organisations.

Cruse (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)

Cruse (Scotland)

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

Winston’s Wish

Winston’s Wish is the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK. They offer practical support and guidance to bereaved children, their families and professionals. Helpline 08452 03 04 05.

The Child Death Helpline

A helpline for anyone affected by the death of a child of any age, from pre-birth to adult, under any circumstances, however recently or long ago.

Child Bereavement UK

Support and advice from bereaved young people, for bereaved young people.

Compassionate Friends

Offers family support after the death of a child of any age from any cause.

Children’s Funeral Fund for England

A Funeral Fund for grieving parents who have lost their child. Under the scheme, parents no longer have to meet the costs of burials or cremations. Fees are waived by all local authorities in England and met instead by government funding.