After the Funeral

After the Funeral

Friendship group

Hardy's commitment to continued care & support

Following bereavement, many people can feel lonely or isolated. Even with a network of family and friends you can still feel you have no one to turn to. We would like to offer our hand of friendship so you can meet other people who might be feeling the same way.


Our Friendship Group meets the last Saturday of the month at:

The Blue Stone Tea Shop, 5/6 Commercial Street, Crook, DL15 9HP at 4.15 p.m.


We are an informal group, brought together with the same emotions, same issues and same challenges. We discuss grief, life in general and more often than not go off on a tangent about something or other and have a laugh too!


 To reserve a place please contact:

01388 765069/747747


 There is no time limit after your loved one's death for you to come along to the group so if you don't feel ready at the moment, but are interested in the future please contact us.  You will always be made to feel very welcome.

Support Organisations


Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse is a national charity providing advice, information and support to anyone who has been bereaved (children, young people and adults), whenever or however the death occurred. The service is provided by trained, experienced volunteers, and is confidential and free. Cruse provides face-to-face, telephone and website support both post and pre-bereavement.

Tel: Durham/Darlington 01325 288633

The Lullaby Trust

The Lullaby Trust raises awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), provides expert advice on safer sleep for babies and offers emotional support for bereaved families.
Tel: 020 7802 3200

Child Death Helpline

The Child Death Helpline lessens the sense of isolation and encourages you to openly express your thoughts. You can contact our helpline whenever you need to talk. We provide support not only at times of crisis but also for the on-going needs over your lifetime - whenever you need to talk we’re here to listen.
Tel: 0800 282 986


Child Bereavement UK

Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.
Tel: 0800 02 888 40


Survivors of Bereavement By Suicide

'We exist to meet the needs and overcome the isolation experienced by people over 18 who have been bereaved by suicide'.
Tel: 0300 111 5065


'We know a lot about what can help you through tough times. We can help you explore your options, understand your problems better, or just be there to listen.

Every six seconds, somebody contacts us. Ten times a minute, we can help someone turn their life around. That’s a privilege, and a huge responsibility'.

Tel: 116 123


The helpline provides support for UK residents in the following circumstances:

  • if you have been bereaved or seriously injured in a crash
  • if you are caring for someone bereaved or seriously injured in a crash
  • if you are a professional, such as a police officer, teacher or health worker, wanting advice about how to help people affected by a crash

We will provide support whether the crash was recent or a long time ago, and whether it occurred in this country or abroad.

Tel: 0808 800 401

SAMM - Support After Murder and Manslaughter

If you have been bereaved by murder or manslaughter you may find it difficult to make the first call, regardless of how long it is since you were bereaved. Perhaps you can ask a family member, a friend, or your Police family liaison officer to make the call on your behalf.

Tel: 0845 872 3440

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