Support for people who are bereaved as a result of drug and alcohol use

We provide a free and confidential service for people age 16 years and over. We are based in Bristol, but welcome people from across the South West. You can access support from us at our fortnightly group, at one-to-one appointments, over the telephone and by email.

I realised I was not alone and hearing others express similar feelings was helpful and healing.

Our experience

Bereavement Through Addiction was founded in 2009 by two parents, Joan Hollywood and Paul Craig, as a result of their experience of losing their son. We have a good understanding of the lifestyles and behaviours associated with problematic drug and alcohol use, and the support and treatment that may have been involved in the life of the person you have lost.

Sharing your thoughts and experiences with someone who has knowledge of these situations can be very reassuring. This can help you to make sense of what has gone before and start to come to terms with your loss.

I was able to put to one side all the troubles of addiction and talk about and remember the person I loved and cared about, in a positive light.

Access support

Our support can provide a safe place to express your grief and difficult thoughts and feelings in a confidential and supportive environment, allowing you to make sense of your own personal grief process.

For a personal appointment, please call us on 07584 411 314 or email us at [email protected].

If we are unable to answer the phone, please leave your name and contact details and we will respond as soon as we can. Our office hours are Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm.


Getting the support that’s right for you

People often have a limited understanding of the complications associated with problematic drugs and alcohol use. We understand that, because of this, sometimes bereaved people do not get the support or response they need from their own support network or from public services. This can happen for a number of reasons including:

  • A lack of knowledge in the complex issues involved in drugs and alcohol use
  • Uncertainty about how to respond appropriately in the difficult circumstance of bereavement by drug and alcohol use
  • Responses driven by value judgements made about drug and alcohol use or associated lifestyles

Bereavement Memorial

The annual memorial event is not being held in Winter 2017, please stay tuned for more information about plans for the next event to be held earlier in 2018.

If you are interested in taking part, please email us at [email protected].