Bereavement

Joint project with Cruse Bereavement Care working with and supporting families, friends and carers who have been bereaved through drug or alcohol use

BEAD (Bereaved through Alcohol and Drugs Project)

Funded by the Big Lottery, Adfam ran a joint project with Cruse Bereavement Care, between 2013-2017 working with and supporting families, friends and carers who have been bereaved through drug or alcohol use. Adfam and Cruse would like to acknowledge and thank DrugFAM, Bereavement Through Addiction and the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath for their support.

Research

The project included a consultation, mapping and research phase - read the results in our Drug and alcohol related bereavement - research scoping review (pdf) and our BEAD consultation findings (pdf).

Other sources of support

Cruse provide a helpline service for anyone who has been bereaved: 0808 808 1677. They also have local groups which can provide face-to-face support.

As part of the BEAD project a website was produced with information, advice and guidance for anyone bereaved through alcohol or drugs: www.beadproject.org.uk

Drug and alcohol specific bereavement support is delivered by Rebound in Portsmouth, DrugFam in High Wycombe, SWADS in Swindon, Bereavement through Addiction in Bristol and FASS in Glasgow.

Marlene Taylor recently gave a powerful interview on BBC News about the losing her two brothers as a result of drug overdose. Watch the video on YouTube.