Support Groups

I have lost my precious son, age 26, due to cancer. I have delayed my own cancer treatment to support my son and I have not told him that my cancer is back again. I can deal with my own cancer journey but I can’t cope with my son’s death. I am really struggling and it may help me to find a group in Exeter to meet people in person who are going through the same pain.

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Hi @Myheartisbroken

I’m so sorry for your loss .

Please check out The Compassionate Friends website . They run support groups around the UK. They tend to be once a month .
If you email them they will put you In touch with whoever runs your local one .


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Thank you so much Tilly.

I have sent an email and hope that I will find a group to connect with as I will need someone to talk to who can truly understand what I am going through and I don’t feel so lonely.

I’m sure they will get back to you soon .
I think support groups are a good thing .

In the meantime chat on here as much as you like .

Someone will always reply .

You are not alone .



Hello @Myheartisbroken ,

I can see that you’re new to the community. I hope you find it to be a support to you, but I am so sorry for the loss of your son that brings you here.

You say you are feeling like life is a real struggle right now. What you are managing with your own treatment and your grief must be so very difficult for you. I wanted to share some sources of support that might help you right now.

  • Child Bereavement UK support families with the loss of a child. They also support bereaved children. You can call their helpline on 0800 02 888 40.

  • The Compassionate Friends support families who have lost a child of any age. You can call them on 0345 123 2304

Sue Ryder also has some resources which can help you cope with grief.

You may also be interested in At a Loss. They help people to find bereavement support close to home (if available) -

Thank you again for sharing – please keep reaching out and know that you are not alone.
Take care,


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