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BEAD (Bereaved through Alcohol and Drugs) Project

Joint project with Cruse Bereavement Care working with and supporting families, friends and carers who have been bereaved through drug or alcohol use

Adfam is running a joint project with Cruse Bereavement Care working with and supporting families, friends and carers who have been bereaved through drug or alcohol use. For more information on the project and this kind of bereavement please visit the website:

The BEAD project began in October 2013 and will run for four years. It has been kindly funded by the Big Lottery. Adfam and Cruse would like to acknowledge and thank DrugFAM, Bereavement Through Addiction and the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath for their support.


The first stage of the project consisted of consultation, mapping and research - read the results in our Drug and alcohol related bereavement - research scoping review (pdf) and our BEAD consultation findings (pdf).


As stated above the BEAD project has been funded by the Big Lottery Fund from 2013-2017. As of August 2017 the funding is coming to a close – though we be making every effort to secure funding to sustain this important project which remains a priority for both Adfam and Cruse.

We are therefore not able to accept any further referrals for one-to-one befriending or telephone bereavement support. We are able to take referrals for our London support group which will run again in June-July.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you. For more information please contact

The third round of our fantastic peer-facilitated support group in central London is currently underway. These groups bring together people who have all been bereaved through drug or alcohol use to offer mutual support and share experiences. It's a closed group of eight weekly sessions, and we will be running a fourth round in Summer 2017. Please read the FAQs (pdf) to learn more and email us if you'd like to attend.

Other sources of support

Drug and alcohol specific bereavement support is also delivered by Rebound in Portsmouth, DrugFam in High Wycombe, SWADS in Swindon, and Bereavement through Addiction in Bristol.

If you have been bereaved and are looking for support there are some services that can help on our useful organisations page.

Adfam is a member of the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation.