Bereavement Resources

People who have lost someone close to them are often so busy with practical details and arrangements that they do not experience the full sense of their loss until later. Grieving is a natural and important part of coming to terms with and healing this loss and it may continue for several months.

Please do not feel that you are alone in your grief - there are many organisations and individuals who can offer comfort and support as long as it is required. The clergy will offer help and advice, if asked.



Sources of support and information on specific issues. Be aware when contacting UK organisations of different practical steps to be taken when someone dies in the Isle of Man.

Practical steps and list of Funeral Directors for Isle of Man are at

Age UK

Age UK has useful information about making a will and a Lifebook, where you record the practical details of your life and where you keep certain documents. You can order a printed copy of the book on 0845 685 1061 and quote reference ALL 721 , or email for an electronic copy.


Bereavement UK

Bereavement UK is a national organisation that offers information about death, dying, bereavement, funerals and self-help counselling.

Bereavement Advice Centre

The Bereavement Advice Centre supports and advises people on what they need to do after a death.


Centre for Death and Society

The Centre for Death and Society is hosted at Bath University and is UK’s only centre devoted to the study and research of social aspects of death, dying and bereavement.

Child Bereavement UK

Child Bereavement UK offers families the support they need to rebuild their lives, when a child grieves or when a child dies.


Christian Legacy

The website offers information about leaving legacies and writing wills.

Church of England

The Church of England funerals website offers information about funerals and planning a funeral service.

Community Funeral Society

Community Funeral Society is a co-operative movement in the UK. It aims for a new model of funeral services that are developed and supported from within a community.

Compassionate Communities

Compassionate Communities has stories, short films and other information relating to end of life care issues.


Connect2Charity is a website showing most charities on the Isle of Man and their services as well as providing a way to support Manx charities.

Conversations for Life

Conversations for Life encourages conversation about death and dying.

CRUSE Isle of Man

Cruse Bereavement Care provides information and support services for bereaved people.

Death Café

Death Café encourages people around the world to plan events to encourage discussions about death. The website offers practical advice and resources for planning a death café.

Dying Matters

The Dying Matters Coalition is hosted by the National Council of Palliative Care. The Dying Matters website has a wide range of resources to help people start conversations about dying, death and bereavement, which include leaflets, posters, postcards, event planning packs and short films.

End of Life Care for All

The National End of Life Care Programme has developed a public access e-learning resource, designed to enhance the training and education of all those involved in delivering end of life care.

Hospice Isle of Man

Hospice Isle of Man is the Isle of Man’s only specialist palliative health care provider, offering advice and care for those at the end of life.

Isle of Man Government

The Civil Registry provides services and practical information about what to do when someone dies.

Macmillan Learn Zone

Macmillan Cancer Support provides a learning zone to find out more about helping yourself or others.

Manx Cancer Help

Manx Cancer Help offers information to help people affected with cancer, including access to legal advice and practical support.

Marie Curie Cancer Care

Marie Curie Cancer Care has a variety of resources that include leaflets, booklets and short film guides about looking after someone at home when they are dying.

Open to Hope

An online forum to support people living with loss and give them an opportunity to share their stories.



The Samaritans provide a confidential telephone service offering to people with worries the support to work them through.
0300 30 300 36 (local call charges apply)
116 123 (this number is free to call)

Winston’s Wish

Winston’s Wish offers practical support and guidance for bereaved children, their families and professionals.


Mike Riddell (2010)

Sacred Journey: Spiritual Wisdom for Times of Transition (SPCK)

Sue Brayne (2010)

The D-Word: Talking about Dying (Continuum)

Jeremy Brooks (2013)

Heaven’s Morning Breaks (Kevin Mayhew)

Ruth Burgess (2013)

Saying Goodbye: Resources for Funerals, Scattering Ashes and Remembering (Wild Goose)

Marie De Hennezel (1998)

Intimate Death: How the Dying Teach Us to Live (Sphere)

James Woodward (2005)

Befriending Death (SPCK)

City of Gold: Impressions of Heaven (1997)

CD and book featuring the words of Adrian Plass, John Bunyan, C.S. Lewis,J. John and others (Gold Records)