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

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

At the conclusion of the project we launched our project website: beadproject.org.uk with information, advice and guidance for anyone that has lost a loved one through alcohol or drugs. 

Research

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).

Support

We then delivered one-to-one support in the form of befriending and structured phone support for people who have been bereaved through substance use. If you would like more information on the project see our BEAD flyer or to access support email the BEAD project.

You can also find further information on the BEAD project website.

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.

Information, advice and guidance is also available at beadproject.org.uk.

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.

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