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About Cruse Bereavement Care In Croydon

Cruse in 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 volunteers are drawn from all walks of life and represent a considerable cultural cross-section of the population of South London. We are bound by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework.

We have around 30 bereavement volunteers, all of whom have undertaken a specialist Cruse bereavement training course. All volunteers working with the public have their work supervised and undertake ongoing training.

We operate an equal opportunities policy, and our services are available to anyone who has been bereaved regardless of age, gender, religion, sexual orientation or ethnic group.

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