CARIS Islington

Bereavement Service

The CARIS Bereavement Service helps children, young people and adults with a connection to Islington who are experiencing bereavement. We will help anyone in Islington who has been bereaved, regardless of disability, ethnicity, gender, race, religion or sexuality, or whether the bereavement was recent or a long time ago. Our service is free and confidential. Counselling takes place in our premises in Tollington Park and since the pandemic we now also offer phone and video counselling. There are stairs down to our office. If mobility is an issue we might be able to meet at the GP clinic or other location where an appropriate room can be assured.

Our waiting list for referrals is currently closed.

We offer face to face sessions as well as phone and online clients who want it.
Home visits are offered to housebound clients in Islington (9am until 4pm) depending on assessments.

For the adult service we offer counselling sessions for up to 13 months.
For the children and young people service we offer 12 sessions.

We do not operate a helpline phone service.

Bereavement Counselling
Islington Bereavement Service
Counselling Advice

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Referrals are best sent by email to . Our referral forms can be downloaded or printed or you can ask us to send it to you by email, but it is NOT POSSIBLE to edit or complete the referral forms online . Alternatively you can fill out our contact form. You can also leave a voicemail on 020 7281 5200. One of our senior counsellors will phone you back or write to you to offer you an appointment within a couple of weeks. We do not offer a helpline service.

When you meet with the senior counsellor it will be a chance to talk about what has happened and to discuss whether the Bereavement Service will be able to help. This initial meeting puts you under no obligation to accept further visits unless you feel it would be helpful to you.

In an emergency you could try 999, the Samaritans or contact your GP.

This is a photo of the pathway down to our office in the annexe of St Mellitus Church.

Referral Forms

Adult Referral Form

Children & Young People Referral Form

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About Grieving

Please click here for more information about grief or follow these links for related websites:

Bereavement support for adults

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

The Compassionate Friends

Bereavement support for children and young people
Childhood Bereavement Network

Winston's Wish

Mental health organisations
Royal College of Psychiatrists


The Samaritans

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If you don’t live in Islington

If you don’t live in Islington or have an affiliation to the borough, unfortunately we will not be able to offer you help. Try one of the following links:

Cruse (bereavement counselling for adults)
Childhood Bereavement Network (bereavement counselling for children and young people)

Bereavement Service Staff

The Bereavement Service Manager is Chrystelle Heldire. The administrator is Liz Brereton. The Senior Counsellors are Miriam Le Count and Gifty Ogene . They are all accredited or registered with a UK counselling or psychotherapy body.

Client records are kept for 6 years.

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