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Below are the websites of organisations I have personally used or know that others have found helpful.

Widowed & Young 

WAY is the only national charity in the UK for men and women aged 50 or under when their partner died. It’s a self-help group run by a network of volunteers who have bereaved at a young age themselves, so they understand exactly what other members are going through. I am a member, and thoroughly recommend joining.

Whatever your age, WAY’s website is worth exploring for bereavement support, particularly their excellent Useful Links page  which gives further details of a wide range of organisations which may be able to help you either emotionally (such as Cruse bereavement counselling) or practically (information on benefits available and so on).

The Samaritans 

The Samaritans is not just for those who are feeling suicidal, they are a confidential, listening ear for anyone who feels in distress. I rang them several times and found it comforting to know that I could call them even in the early hours of the morning and that there would be someone on the end of the line. They don’t give advice, but they listen with patience and without judgement, and sometimes that’s exactly what you need.

 Merry Widow

Set up by Kate Boydell, author of the book, Death…And How To Survive It, the Merry Widow site was an absolute lifeline to me in the first few months after JS died. Packed with information and featuring a lively interactive forum, my only caution in recommending this website is to be aware that like most blogs, it is a public website, so if confidentiality is important to you but you want to become involved in discussions, remember to protect your anonymity, and be cautious in the amount of information you give to complete strangers.