Advice & Resources

Charity Resources
& Support Groups

Widowed and Young

Widowed and Young (WAY) is the only national charity in the UK for people aged 50 or under when their partner died. It’s a peer to peer support group operating with a network of volunteers who have been bereaved at a young age themselves, so they understand exactly what other members are going through.



Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse are the UK’s leading bereavement charity, they make sure that everyone grieving gets the support they need when they need it.


Winston’s Wish

Winston’s Wish support for bereaved children, young people, their families and the professionals who support them.


Widows Empowerment Trust

Losing a life partner at any age has a severe impact on well-being. This charity strive to counteract loneliness, social isolation and loss of confidence in widows and widowers.


Army Widows’ Association

The Army Widows’ Association was formed by widows in 2004. They are a volunteer run organisation and charity. Their aim is to offer comfort, support and friendship to the widows and widowers of service men and women.



The Good Grief Trust 

The Good Grief Trust is run by the bereaved for the bereaved. The Good Grief Trust exists to help all those affected by grief in the UK. Their vision is to help those bereaved from day one, acknowledge their grief and provide reassurance, a virtual hand of friendship and ongoing support.

They bring bereavement services together, to ensure that everyone receives the tailored support they need to move forward with their lives.



The Jolly Dollies

An organisation started by widows for widows. Their aim is to connect widows locally and nationally, reaching those who want and deserve a full, happy and supportive social life.



Widowers Club in the Warwickshire area

This Club meets ever 4 weeks for Sunday lunch. They also meet individually on a weekly basis.

They have a WhatsApp group that talk to each other daily. They believe this is the only Widowers club in the UK.



Sue Ryder

Sue Ryder charity offers bereavement support and counselling.


The Loss Foundation 

The Loss Foundation is the only UK charity dedicated solely to providing bereavement support following the loss of a loved one to cancer, whether that be spouses, family members, friends or colleagues. Also being offered is specialist support for anyone who has lost someone to Covid-19. 




Way Up is an active, online self-help group aimed at providing mutual support to those who have been widowed primarily, but not exclusively, in their 50’s and 60’s.



Brightest Stars

Bereavement support for children and families.


Soaring Spirits

A US based organisation.


Camp Widow

A series of widow retreats



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  • a charity specifically for widows/widowers
  • a podcast
  • a blog or website
  • financial resources

Blogs & Websites


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Financial & Practical Advice

Here at Chapter 2 we understand the frustration and challenges of dealing with the ‘sadmin’ (sad admin) when you lose a significant other. Please ensure you seek qualified, professional advice when it comes to money matters. Here are a few links that may be useful.

Bereavement Support Payment – A lump sum then a monthly payment from the government. Please ensure you make a claim as soon as possible to receive the full allowance. Currently this only applies to those married or in a civil partnership but that legislation may change soon.

WAY – It’s also worth noting Widowed and Young have a legal helpline for members –

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