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Honouring and Remembering British Police Officers who Lost their Lives in the Line of Duty ~ Lest we Forget

Links to Bereavement Support Charities, Organisations and Memorial Information

Organisation Name

Scope of Work

Contact / Website Link

Support - General

Care of Police Survivors

Registered Charity No. 1101478

COPS is run by survivors for survivors it places new survivors in touch with those who are prepared to help. Membership is open to spouses, partners, children, parents and siblings of officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

PO Box 5685


WS15 9DN

Telephone 0844 893 2055


Cruse Bereavement Care

Registered Charity No. 208078

Cruse promotes the well-being of bereaved people and enables anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. The organisation provides counselling and support, information and advice.

Unit 01, One Victoria Villas, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 2GW

Helpline 0844 477 9400


Support for Bereaved Spouse or Partner

Royal Ulster Constabulary George Cross
Widows Association

Aims to support widows in coping with their children in Welfare and Educational matters where necessary. And to organise events and provide comfort for widows and their families. Maryfield Complex,
100 Belfast Road, Holywood, Co.Down, BT18 9QY

Telephone 028 9039 3562

The WAY Foundation

Registered Charity No. 1072649

Widowed and Young - offers support and friendship to young bereaved people, whatever their circumstances, however long ago their partner died. We help men and women to the age of 50, parents and those without children. Suite 35, St Loyes House,
20 St Loyes St,
Bedford MK40 1ZL

Telephone 0300 012 4929

Telephone 0300 012 4929

Support for Bereaved Parents and their Families

Royal Ulster Constabulary George Cross
Parents Association

Providing Welfare and Support to the Parents of Murdered RUC Officers.

Maryfield Complex,
100 Belfast Road, Holywood, Co.Down, BT18 9QY

Telephone 028 7032 7279

Email rucgcpa@nipolicefund.org

The Compassionate Friends

Registered Charity No.1082335

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is an organisation of bereaved parents and their families offering understanding, support and encouragement to others after the death of a child or children.

53 North Street, Bristol BS3 1EN

Helpline 0845 123 2304


Support for Bereaved Children

Child Bereavement Charity

Registered Charity No. 1040419

The Child Bereavement Charity supports families and educates professionals both when a child dies and when a child is bereaved.

Child Bereavement Charity,
The Saunderton Estate,
Wycombe Road, Saunderton,
Bucks HP14 4BF

Telephone 01494 568900


Winston's Wish

Registered Charity No. 1061359

Winston's Wish helps bereaved children and young people rebuild their lives after a family death, offering practical support and guidance to families, professionals and anyone concerned about a grieving child.

St James House, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3PR

Helpline 08452 030405


Support for those bereaved by Murder or Manslaughter

SAMM - Support after Murder & Manslaughter

Registered Charity No. 1000598

Offering understanding and support to families and friends, who have been bereaved as a result of murder or manslaughter, through the mutual support of others who have suffered a similar tragedy.

L&DRC Tally Ho, Pershore Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B5 7RN

Helpline 0845 8723440


Police Related Financial Support

Police Dependants' Trust

Registered Charity No. 251021

The Police Dependants' Trust exists to assist in cases of need: dependants of police officers or former police officers who die or have died as a result of an injury received in the execution of duty.

3 Mount Mews, High Street, Hampton, Middlesex, TW12 2SH

Telephone 0208 941 6907


Official, Legal and Practical Advice including Post Mortems, Inquests, Funerals, Memorials, Flowers

When Sudden Death Occurs

Official Home Office Leaflet giving guidance on Coroners and Inquests. View Leaflet (pdf file)
What to do after a Death

Official Leaflet offering help and guidance about what to do from the moment of a person's death.

View Leaflet (pdf file)

Sudden Death in Scotland

Official publications from the Scottish Procurator Fiscal Service relating to the investigation of sudden deaths and post-mortems.

View Leaflet 1 (pdf file)

View Leaflet 2 (pdf file)
Headstone Guide

A non-commercial website providing practical information and advice on the difficult area of choosing and buying a headstone or memorial.


Guide to Funeral Flowers

'Memorials of Distinction' website - monumental masons with helpful advice on the use and meaning of flowers for the bereaved. The site also features memorials for sale.


Online Remembrance/Memorial website

Much Loved

Registered Charity No. 1118590

To help you create sensitive, personalised and lasting memorial websites in memory of loved ones.



Verses for the Bereaved

All is Well

Death is nothing at all. It does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
Nothing has happened.
Everything remains exactly as it was.
I am I, and you are you, and the old life that we
lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
Call me by the old familiar name.
Speak of me in the easy way,
which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without an effort,
without the ghost of a shadow upon it.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was.
There is absolute and unbroken continuity.
What is this death but a negligible accident?
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?
I am but waiting for you, for an interval,
somewhere very near, just around the corner.
All is well.

Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting
when we meet again!
From a sermon delivered in 1910 by
Henry Scott Holland (1847-1918)
Canon of St. Paul's Cathedral

“We Remember Them”

At the rising of the sun and at its
going down, we remember them.

At the blowing of the wind and in
the chill of winter, we remember them.

At the opening of buds and in the
rebirth of spring, we remember them.

At the blueness of the skies and in the
warmth of summer, we remember them.

At the rustling of leaves and in the
beauty of autumn, we remember them.

At the beginning of the year and
when it ends, we remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us,
as we remember them.

When we are weary and in need
of strength, we remember them.

When we are lost and sick at heart,
we remember them.

When we have decisions that are
difficult to make, we remember them.

 When we have joys we yearn to share,
we remember them.

As long as we live, they too shall live,
 for they are a part of us,

as we remember them….
Author Unknown - Judaism


Remember me when I am gone away,
    Gone far away into the silent land;
    When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.

Remember me when no more day by day
    You tell me of our future that you planned:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.

Yet if you should forget me for a while
    And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
    For if the darkness and corruption leave
    A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,

Better by far you should forget and smile
    Than that you should remember and be sad.
Christina Rossetti

Song (Requiem)

When I am dead, my dearest,
Sing no sad songs for me;
Plant thou no roses at my head,
Nor shady cypress tree:
Be the green grass above me
With showers and dewdrops wet;
And if thou wilt, remember,
And if thou wilt, forget.

I shall not see the shadows,
I shall not feel the rain;
I shall not hear the nightingale
Sing on, as if in pain:
And dreaming through the twilight
That doth not rise nor set,
Haply I may remember,
And haply may forget.
Christina Rossetti

The Rose Beyond the Wall

Near shady wall a rose once grew,
Budded and blossomed in God's free light,
Watered and fed by morning dew,
Shedding its sweetness day and night.

As it grew and blossomed fair and tall,
Slowly rising to loftier height,
It came to a crevice in the wall,
Through which there shone a beam of light.

Onward it crept with added strength,
With never a thought of fear or pride,
It followed the light through the crevice's length
And unfolded itself on the other side.

The light, the dew, the broadening view,
Were found the same as they were before,
And it lost itself in beauties new,
Breathing its fragrance more and more.

Shall claim of death cause us to grieve
And make our courage faint and fall?
Nay!  Let us faith and hope receive -
The rose still grows beyond the wall.

Scattering fragrance far and wide
Just as it did in days of yore,
Just as it did on the other side,
Just as it will forevermore.
A L Frink 1936

A Parable of Immortality

I am standing upon that foreshore.
A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength and I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and the sky come down to mingle with each other.
Then someone at my side says,
'There, She’s gone!'
'Gone where?’
‘Gone from my sight, that’s all’.
She is just as large in mast and spar and hull as ever she was when she left my side; just as able to bear her load of living freight to the place of her destination. Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at that moment when someone at my side says,
'There, she’s gone!'
there are other eyes watching her coming and other voices ready
to take up the glad shout.
'Here she comes!'
And that is dying.
Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933)
[sometimes attributed to Victor Hugo]

Do not stand at my grave and weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there; I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight,
I am the soft starlight at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
Mary Fry (1905-2004)

For the Fallen

They shall grow not old,
as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun
and in the morning

We will remember them.
Extract from "For the Fallen" 1914
Lawrence Binyon (1869-1943)

No Need to Say Goodbye


Flowers by the graveside, wind whistling through the trees

Oh my love, come back to me, why did you have to leave?

The days we shared together, I thought they’d never end

Oh my love, come back to me, my broken heart won’t mend.


I did not know it was my time; I did not want to go

But from the day that I was born, it always would be so;

And though it breaks your heart to see, I do not want to hide

So place my picture on the wall, my writings close beside.


 ‘Though there’s an ache inside me, I still have no regret

And ‘though it seems I’ve lost you, our love I can’t forget;

You left me for the future, and now I’m on my own

I’d thought we’d love forever, why must we die alone?


‘Though I am gone I am not lost, I always shall be near

One day my memory may bring, a smile and not a tear;

So don’t be sad that I am gone, but glad that I was there

I am not lost, you’re not alone, there’s no need to despair.


While the circle of our love will always surround you

I’m missing you and needing you, and know not what to do;

I miss you so within my heart, no matter how I try

I cannot seem to let you go, I cannot say goodbye.


The love I leave lives in your heart, thro’ sorrow and thro’ pain

And when the circle is complete, know we shall meet again;

And then this time will seem, you’ll see, the blinking of an eye

You’ll see I am but waiting here, no need to say goodbye.


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