Cruse Bereavement Care promotes the well-being of bereaved people and enables anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. As well as providing free care to all bereaved people, the charity also offers information, support and training services to those who are looking after them.
Cruse is the UK's largest bereavement charity and last year we:
Gave 34,759 bereaved people one-to-one support, including 2762 children
Provided bereavement support groups for 9,291 people
Enabled over 5,700 volunteers to give over 567,500 hours of their time
Founded in 1959 in Richmond upon Thames, Cruse has areas and branches across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man. Apart from a core of paid staff, based mainly at the central office in Richmond upon Thames, services to bereaved clients are provided by trained and skilled volunteers.
The name of Cruse is derived from a passage in the Old Testament about a widow's cruse, or jar of oil, which never ran out, thus signifying that support would be given as long as it was needed and there would always be a drop of comfort available.
However, it must be stressed that despite the derivation of the name, Cruse is a non-religious organisation and welcomes people of all beliefs and none.
Cruse is a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and follows the rigorous code of ethics set out by that organisation. The welfare services that Cruse provides, particularly via its telephone helpline, have also been awarded a Quality Mark by Community Legal Advice.
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Please note that during the year Brighton Holistics Supports a number of charities such as The Sussex Beacon and The Pearly Kings & Queens Society.