Support groups for bereaved families

When the world feels like a cold and empty place, the people who can help most are those who have been through the same experiences.

The fact that we have been able to turn the worst experience of our lives into a way of helping others makes us extremely proud.

- Mandy, RAF Veteran

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

Military Families Affected by the Suicide of a Loved One (MFAS) gives you the opportunity to share your experiences, get information and advice, and meet others in the same position. The group is open to any family members or friends affected by the loss of a loved one who has been served in the Armed Forces and has taken their own life.

The Bereaved Support Group (BSG) is for family, friends or carers of any serving or veteran or family member of any tri-service armed forces personnel. It is for over 18's who have suffered a bereavement, regardless of whether it took place in a combat, training, or non-combat scenario (e.g. RTA). Join us to meet and talk with other families who have lost a loved one whilst serving in the Armed Forces. We provide mutual support, information and advice.


To find out more about either of these support groups, 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.

Need help or support?

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.

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