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Bereavement support that’s professional, personal… and free

We understand how terribly painful and lonely it can feel when we suffer a bereavement. We can offer you pastoral support, a confidential and non-judgemental “listening ear”, counselling and much more – with professionalism and sensitivity.

Contact us:

020 8684 1667

What We Do

Our team are here to provide help and support to all those suffering a bereavement.

1:1 Pastoral Support/ Counselling

Our 1:1 sessions can be held either in person or online. We will help you work through your bereavement and any specific issues you may be dealing with, offering emotional support and practical guidance to help you get through this difficult time

Group Sessions

Taking to others who are going through bereavement is a great way to deal with your own grief. For those who wish to do so, we have group sessions that will provide the emotional support you need, whilst meeting others who know exactly what you are going through.

Please see details of our various free support groups on our events page.

Email for details of how to join.

‘Never Alone’ drop ins

The aim of our renowned bereavement support drop ins is to facilitate safe places for people who have suffered the loss of a loved one to make meaningful connections with one another and to build supportive relationships. Our drop ins operate online and in various locations (when COVID restrictions allow).

For more details see our events page or email:


Grief Groups

Pastoral Support

1:1 Sessions

Online and In Person

Support & Resources
Meet the team
Support & Resources
Meet the team

Our History

The Rowland Brothers Foundation was set up in 1984, and registered as a charity in 2017, by Tony Rowland, MBE. at a time when professional bereavement counselling was not yet widely available. Tony had the vision to to provide a free service that offers both practical and emotional support to those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Serving our clients with professionalism and sensitivity, we are very proud to be giving a much needed and important service to our community.


“They are so easy to talk to. We don’t just talk about my loss, but also about other aspects of my life. They do fantastic work within the community. I don’t know where I’d be now if I didn’t have this weekly telephone support.”

“Bereavement Aftercare is a sensitive subject and the session was perfectly pitched being informative, compassionate and thoroughly engaging.”

“The session was very insightful into the different stages of grief and how these are very personal to every individual who loses someone. It was also a good reminder for the group to recognise that grief does not only come about after the death of a person.”
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Every Monday 12.00pm – 2pm

Our latest renowned ‘Never Alone’ bereavement support drop in is every Monday lunchtime.

Croydon Clocktower cafe
9 Katharine Street

Informal and free, please email

Every Tuesday 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Run by Rowland Brothers Foundation partnered with Croydon BME Forum.

For further information please email:

Every Wednesday, 2.30 – 4pm
Join us online on Zoom

Join us for relaxed and friendly conversations about death, dying, loss and bereavement and life. Bring your questions, stories and concerns as we share and appreciate our finite lives together.

Please join the Zoom meetings at:

Please note that this is not an event run by Rowland Brothers Foundation, but by our recommended associates St Christopher’s Hospice & Croydon BME Forum.

Every Thursday 12.30pm – 2pm

Run by Rowland Brothers Foundation team member team member Justine Dickinson.

For further information please email:

Please Donate

The Rowland Brothers Foundation is unique in the funeral industry in that it offers bereavement support to those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, completely free of charge.

The Foundation also organises free training seminars on all aspects of bereavement to various charities & organisations, including training in child bereavement to schools.

The Foundation also makes sizeable donations to many local charities and worthy causes.

The Foundation finances this valuable work, which comes at some cost, from donations made each year by Rowland Brothers Funeral Directors. However, we are also very grateful for donations made to the charity by those who have benefitted from its help, or who recognise its significant community work, and wish to give financial support.

If you would like to donate to the Rowland Brothers Foundation bereavement support charity, simply click on the ‘Just Giving’ or ‘Amazon Smile’ icons.

Alternatively, cash or cheque donations can be dropped off or posted to:

Rowland Brothers at 299-305 Whitehorse Road, Croydon CR0 2HR

All donations are very gratefully received.

Charity Details

Charity number: 1171808
Date Registered: 28/02/2017
Address: 299-303 Whitehorse Road, Croydon, CR0 2HR
Trustees: Mr Stephen Rowland, Mr Anthony Rowland, Mr Mark Spooner, Mr Joe Walkling, Mr Nick Redman

To contact our team:
Tel: 020 8684 1667
Twitter: @theRBF1873

Complaints Procedure

If you would like to see a copy of our complaints procedure, please e-mail