The council has adopted the Institute of Cemetery and Crematoria Membership and is a Charter Member of their Charter for the Bereaved. Under this there are two central promises which are as follows:
- To comply with the charter rights and national standards.
- To provide a service which meets the social, ethical and environmental needs of the community and offers choices which enable every individual to arrange a meaningful funeral.
Useful contacts for those dealing with bereavement are:
- Westminster Bereavement Service - 020 7935 1161
- UK - Bereavement – Legal information on death and other areas that may be affected.
- Camden, City, Islington and Westminster Bereavement Service – The service is available to anyone over 18 either living within or registered with a GP in the boroughs of Camden, Islington and Westminster or who live, work or are registered with a GP within the City of London. We offer a confidential service, which is open to everyone, regardless of age, sexuality, ethnic origin, culture or religion. In particular, we are committed to providing support to people who are not used to seeking help through counselling.
- The Compassionate Friends (UK) (for bereaved parents) – Supports the whole family following the death of a child of any age. Provides online support / telephone support and support groups through befrienders in the local area.
- Cemeteries – Practical advice on organising funerals and costs etc
- The Lullaby Trust (Previously called the Foundation for the study of Infant Deaths) – Support for families who have lost a baby through sudden infant death syndrome. Provides support through befrienders over the phone who have previously lost a child. Also has a dedicated memory page for families where they can create a lasting memory for their child. Run family days to meet other people in the local area who have lost a child to further support in the community.
- Register a Death – Straightforward easy to follow information of what to do, when and where.
- Winstons Wish – Information online for supporting Young People/Parents/Schools with helping Young People to deal with Death. Has a dedicated young people’s website linked to the main site so they can look at it in their own time. Also run residential groups for those under 18 who are suffering with bereavement.
- Westminster Mind – Local service that offers befriending, counselling (also available in some mother tongues as well), support groups to support people through a difficult time. Also opportunities to get back into employment and training to offer support to other members of their community.
- Child Bereavement UK - Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. Every year we train more than 8000 professionals, helping them to better understand and meet the needs of grieving families.