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 bereavement counselling is temporarily closed to referrals. We will update this message when we have a date when we are able to reopen when you can resend your referral.

We do not operate a helpline phone service.

Bereavement Counselling
Islington Bereavement Service
Counselling Advice

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Referrals (Currently Closed)

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 but as we are working remotely, calls and voicemails are forwarded to our administrator by email and there may be a delay, so referrals are best sent by email. 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 (Currently deactivated while referrals are closed)

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

Bereavement Counsellors

If you would like to volunteer as a Bereavement Counsellor, please look on our volunteering page.

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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 for the adult service are Philomena Ovenden, Miriam Le Count and Gifty Ogene . The Senior Counsellors for the children's and young people's service is Gifty Ogene and Miriam Le Count. They are all accredited or registered with a UK counselling or psychotherapy body.

Client records are kept for 6 years.

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