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Coping with a Death

Below is a list of information that may help you following the death of a loved one.Coping with a death

Bereavement Support
Cooking Classes for Men
Funeral Expenses, 
Local Crematoriums,
Probate Registry, 
Registering a death, 
The Way Foundation (helping those 'Widowed and Young')
Will Aid


Click on the following link to see the West Sussex Bereavement Guide.

Age UK - Age UK produces an advice leaflet on bereavement including information about what to do, support organisations and suggested reading. These leaflets are available from Age UK shops, and can be viewed online

Bereavement Benefits - The Government produces a booklet on bereavement, including information on what needs to be done and help that is available.  It also provides a list of practical advice, support and comfort. These booklets are available from the Burgess Hill branch of the Central Sussex Citizens Advice Bureau (at 38 Church Road), the Help Point and via their website.  


Bereavement Support
Cruse Bereavement Care operates a telephone helpline and support service with trained counsellors providing advice and support, their telephone number is 0844 477 9400 and their website is  Email address:

The charity also run a young people's website: and freephone helpline: 0808 808 1677, email:

Burgess Hill & District Friendship Group for the Bereaved
The group meet from 11am to 1pm on the second and fourth Tuesday  of the month at Cyprus Hall for coffee and a chat. They organise activities such as visits to restaurants, walks, theatres etc and give freidnship and support. Please contact Tony Balsdon on 01444 246170 if you have any questions about the group.

Cooking Classes for Men
The Impact Foundation runs free one-to-one cooking sessions, which are held at the client’s home, aimed at older men who have to take on the cooking in the household because, for example, their partner has died.  Contact 01444 457080.  For more information on the Impact Foundation visit   

Funeral Expenses
People in receipt of benefits such as Pension Credit may be eligible for a Social Fund Funeral Payment to help with the cost, although some or all of the payment might have to be repaid from any estate of the deceased. For more information click on the following link to visit the Social Fund section of the Direct Gov website.


Local Crematoriums
Details of the local crematoriums are as follows:
Surrey and Sussex Crematorium, Balcombe Road, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 3NQ. Tel: 01293 882345.
Woodvale Crematorium, Lewes Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 3QB. Tel: 01273 604020.
Downs Crematorium, Bear Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 3PL. Tel: 01273 601601.

Probate Registry
The local office is based at Brighton District Probate Registry, William Street, Brighton, BN2 2LG, telephone 01273 573510 or visit

Registering a Death
The Registrar attends Burgess Hill Town Council’s Help Point once a week, on Tuesdays from 12 noon - 4.00pm.  Registration is by appointment only.  Contact 01243 642122. 

Other useful information

The Way Foundation
WAY was set up twelve years ago to support the 135,000 men and women widowed in the UK aged  50 and below. There 65 groups across the UK and Ireland. For more information please visit

Will Aid

This November, Will Aid will again offer the opportunity for people to make a quality basic Will with a local participating solicitor in return for a donation to good causes. The suggested donation is £90 for a single basic Will. Over the past 25 years, Will Aid solicitors and their clients have contributed £13.6 million in donations to charities and during the same period £95m has been promised as gifts in Wills to charity, making Will Aid the UK’s most successful charity will-writing scheme.  The money raised is shared between the participating charities (ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, SCIAF and Trocaire) and provides vital funds to help people to build their communities and improve their future in the UK and around the world.

Only with professional help can people feel confident that their Will is valid and their wishes will be carried out. Many people don’t make a Will because they assume that their partner will automatically inherit everything. This is not true. For example, people who are not legally married or in a civil partnership are not automatically entitled to anything from the estate of their partner. There are even financial limits on what a surviving legally married person can receive. This may be less than the value of the family home – possibly forcing its sale to pay off other relatives. As a result, many surviving loved ones may have to endure a drawn out legal process and a good deal of emotional stress. It is also very important to keep the Will up-to-date. This is particularly important when family circumstances change. There may be births, deaths, divorces, marriages and of course people named as guardians for children or executors of the Will may become unsuitable through age or ill health.

With preparation and the help of a Will Aid solicitor, making a Will need not be difficult or time-consuming. In fact, it can often be done in a lunch hour. Details of participating solicitors will be available online from 2nd September. The Will Aid website has lots of information to help, including a useful Will Planner or call 01460 271178 for further information.