After bereavement

The death of someone close from meningitis will leave you with many questions and emotions. We can help you during this painful and difficult time, making sure you and your family get the right support

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Please remember that the death of someone close will leave you with many thoughts, feelings and questions, which can continue for some time afterwards.

We are here to help you begin to make sense of what has happened – however long ago.   

Although we can’t change what has happened we can support you and those closest to you during the difficult and painful times. We can make you a priority, we have no waiting lists and we can support you as individuals, families, adults, children and young people.

Meningitis Helpline

Our Helpline staff can listen to your concerns, answer your questions and talk through the ways we may be able to help you.

Call them now on 0808 80 10 388 or email

Join our specific bereavement support Facebook group.

Home visits

Our Community Support Officers can make a home visit and will also continue to provide essential contact and support for as long as it’s needed.

Our Founder, Steve Dayman, lost his son Spencer to meningitis in 1982. He’s available anytime on the phone and can visit you at home.

Call Steve on 07903 412144 or email him at

Sharing experiences

We can put you in touch with our volunteers who have also been bereaved through meningitis. This peer support can be provided over the phone, email, Skype or personal support. This maybe a short relationship, or for some, it can form a lasting bond.

Financial help

Unexpected financial pressures, such as funeral costs, can be a huge additional burden. Our financial support grants can provide funding, helping reduce the associated stress and anxiety.


If you feel more professional support is needed we can make a referral to a counsellor who has experience of providing confidential, bereavement support. This support will focus on the emotional trauma and life changes that you will be experiencing. It can be reassuring to be reminded that grief affects people in different ways, and there is no right or wrong way to grieve.

“I couldn’t get over the pain of losing my son. I took up the counselling service, and it was a great help to me.”
Creative therapies

For children and young people who find it difficult to express their concerns we can provide creative therapies, which can encourage communication and interaction. The creative therapists will help to reassure, guide and support the children in a safe, friendly environment, using art, play or music.

Other organisations that can help

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.

Contact our helpline

Call our helpline 0808 80 10 388 or email