Support groups for bereaved families

SSAFA offers three support groups, providing events which facilitate peer support, a safe space to grieve and an opportunity for respite.

Being in a group, able to express my feelings and hear others' experiences was like a release.

- Support Group Participant

SSAFA's support groups provide a network of people who have been through a similar tragedy, giving you the opportunity to talk though your emotions with an understanding compassionate group. 

Each support group runs one or two day events throughout the year, where beneficiaries can meet up together and receive peer-to-peer support, facilitated in a safe environment.


Bereaved Support Group

This group is for anyone in the family unit (18+) who has suffered a bereavement of a veteran or Serving Armed Forces Personnel.

Next Event:  TBC

Military Families Affected by Suicide

It is for anyone in the family unit (18+) who have been affected by the loss of a loved one through suicide of a veteran or Serving Armed Forces Personnel.

Next Event:  TBC


Families of Wounded Injured and Sick Personnel

The FISP support group is for a spouse/partner/parent or carer (18+) of Armed Forces personnel who have been wounded or suffered an injury, or sickness.

Next Event:  TBC


Our two day events begin on a Saturday morning, but attendees are welcome to arrive on the Friday.

To find out more about these groups and/or events, please use the contact form below.

SSAFA's services are only available to people who have received at least one day's pay from the Armed Forces (British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, Royal Marines, including Reserves), or are in the immediate family of someone who served.

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Need to talk?

Please fill in the form or call us to speak to one of our Forcesline advisors.

0800 731 4880

We are open 09:00 - 17:30,
Monday to Friday.

If you wish to speak to SSAFA about any problem or issue facing you as a member of the Armed Forces community - whether a serving soldier, sailor or airman, or a veteran, or one of their family members - then you can call Forcesline and speak to one of our help team.