Dorset Open Door



If you need to speak to someone urgently, and are struggling to cope, please contact Connection 24/7 phone line on: 0800 652 0190. 

Experiencing bereavement is difficult at any time and for some people,  it can be additionally traumatic during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have been bereaved by suicide, the grieving process can be even more complicated, distressing, uncertain and confusing.

Dorset Open Door, acknowledges that everyone has a different experience of bereavement. The team will listen to you and in the context of your personal experience, circumstance, strengths and resources help you to navigate support and advice that is right for you.

You can contact Dorset Open Door by calling 01305 361 361 or emailing


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We ask details (such as date of birth and ethnicity) so that we can effectively build a dataset of those people who are accessing the service. These demographics have been identified as being important in the population regarding bereavement by COVID-19 and suicide. These fields are optional; the data is collated and held separately to your personal details. Completion of these will not influence the service that you receive. Should you have any questions, comments or concerns please contact us:

Introducing Dorset Open Door

Dorset Open Door is a partnership of local and national bereavement charities and health and care organisations working together to make sure you get the support you need.

Its purpose is to bring together the expertise of individuals, communities and services which support people in Dorset who are bereaved by COVID-19 or suicide, to enable people to get the support that they need, at the right time, by the right people. This may be practical support, emotional support or counselling, courses, peers support or opportunities to commemorate or remember.

This video introduces some of the organisations working with us and describes how you might access the service.

Explore the service


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