Need to talk? (A buffet of ideas for coping with Christmas, Part 3)

This is the third instalment of ideas for coping with Christmas.

If we are being tossed senseless on a sea of emotions – sometimes gasping for breath, sometimes down in the depths – who can we talk with? Who will listen?

If we are not fortunate enough to have understanding friends and family at our side at those moments of need, then there are helplines. Personally I have found helplines invaluable during the critical times of my grief. The people who answer the calls aren’t perfect but mostly they are well-trained and are there to listen in a non-judgemental way.

If you are alone this Christmas and need someone to speak with, here are a few places that could help.

If you are grieving following bereavement…

The Cruse National Helpline offers a listening ear and emotional support to anyone who has lost someone they love or been affected by a bereavement. All calls are answered by trained Cruse volunteers. The freephone number is 0808 808 1677.

The helpline will be open from 9:30-5pm on 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 28th, 29th and 31st December

The helpline will be open from 9:30-8pm on 25th, 26th, 27th and 30th December plus January 1st.

If you are a bereaved parent…

The Compassionate Friends has a national helpline on 0345 123 2304

It is open every day of the year from 10:00 – 16:00 and 19:00 – 22:00, including over Christmas. All calls are answered by volunteers who are themselves bereaved parents.

If you are supporting a child or teenager who is grieving …

Winston’s Wish runs a free national helpline on 08088 02021

The helpline will be open on 24th December from 9 – 14:00 and then reopen on 31st December.

To talk about anything that is upsetting you

The Samaritans: 116 123 (free)

Whatever you’re going through, you can call Samaritans any time, from any phone for FREE. Their helpline open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can also ‘chat’ with Samaritans by email. Click here for information

Additional resources

You can find details of other bereavement related helplines and services at this link

You might also like to check out the Good Grief App

(I don’t have any experience of using this app – if you do, please let me know how it works for you. Thanks!)

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  • This image is from Refuge in Grief – an excellent website that you can visit here

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