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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.

From 2013 until 2017 Adfam delivered a joint project with Cruse Bereavement Care working with and supporting families, friends and carers who have been bereaved through drug or alcohol use.

For more information on the project and this kind of bereavement support please visit the project website:

The BEAD project began in 2013 and was kindly funded by the Big Lottery for four years. 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:


Support was delivered to people who have been bereaved though drugs or alcohol by trained peer support volunteers who have themselves been bereaved in this way. Our brilliant volunteers provided 1-2-1 support to dozens of clients and also ran four rounds of a structured peer support group in London.

As of September 2017 the funding for BEAD has ended - therefore we are unfortunately no longer able to accept any further referrals for support. We are making every effort to get further funding to sustain this important project which remains a priority for both Adfam and Cruse.  

If you have any questions please contact

Other sources of support

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

If you have been bereaved and you are looking for support you can receive support through your local Cruse branch or ring the Cruse Freephone National Helpline on 0808 808 1677. The helpline is open Monday-Friday 9.30-5pm (excluding bank holidays), with extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings until 8pm. 

There are some further services that can help on our useful organisations page.

Adfam is a member of the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation.