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About Us

Cruse Croydon has served the London Borough of Croydon for over 30 years. We are proud of the service we provide through our unpaid team of bereavement volunteers. Cruse Bereavement Care - our national body - is a non-religious organisation originally founded as a self-help group for widows in 1959. It is now open to all bereaved people. The name derives from a passage in the Old Testament about a widow who took care of the prophet Elijah, feeding him at a time of famine. He assured her that while she looked after him, her 'cruse', or jar of oil, would never run out, signifying that support would be given to her as long as it was needed.

Our service is confidential and free of charge, although as a charity all donations are very welcome.

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We aim to:

. provide free confidential support on a one-to-one and group basis
. offer free information and advice to anyone who has been affected by a death
. offer education, support, information and publications to anyone supporting bereaved people
. provide social groups to provide an opportunity for bereaved people to meet and talk with other people in a similar situation and to make friends.

We offer support to anyone who lives within the London Borough of Croydon, and the service is free of charge.

We are funded through the London Borough of Croydon, as well as by fundraising and individual donations.