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BEAD (Bereaved through Alcohol and Drugs) Project

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

Adfam is running a joint project with Cruse Bereavement Care working with and supporting families, friends and carers who have been bereaved through drug or alcohol use.

The BEAD project began in October 2013 and will run for four years. It has been kindly funded by the Big Lottery. 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.


The first stage of the project consisted of consultation, mapping and research - read the results in our Drug and alcohol related bereavement - research scoping review (pdf) and our BEAD consultation findings (pdf).


We are now delivering one-to-one support in the form of befriending and structured phone support for people who have been bereaved through substance use. If you would like more information on the project see our BEAD flyer or to access support email the BEAD project.

The third round of our fantastic peer-facilitated support group in central London is currently underway. It's a closed group of eight weekly sessions, and we will be running a fourth round in Summer 2017Please read the FAQs (pdf) to learn more and email us if you'd like to attend.

Please note that the BEAD project team will endeavour to arrange support for anyone who requires it as soon as possible, but there is a high level of need, and consequently there is a waiting list. Whenever possible we’ll link clients with the type of support they wish for but due to the availability of volunteers this may not always be possible.

Neither BEAD project managers work full time on this project – the BEAD email box is regularly monitored and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Other sources of support

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

If you have been bereaved and are looking for support there are some services that can help on our useful organisations page.

Adfam is a member of the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation.