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Cruse Bereavement Care was founded in 1959 and is the leading national charity for bereaved people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies and work to enhance society’s care of bereaved people.There are many branches spread around the country and there has been a branch of Cruse in Bedfordshire for over 35 years.
Where does our name come from?
The name 'Cruse' is derived from a passage in the Old Testament about a widow's cruse, or jar of oil, which never ran out, thus signifying that support would be given as long as it was needed and there would always be a drop of comfort available. Despite the derivation of the name, Cruse is a non-religious organisation and welcomes people of all beliefs and none.
Cruse Bedfordshire - local services for local people
Cruse has been offering support in Bedfordshire for almost 40 years. During this time our services have changed to meet the changing demands of the communityes we serve. Although Bedfordshire is part of the largest UK bereavement charity, Cruse Bereavement Care, our branch is self-funded and we have to generate our own resources to provide the service. All bereavement support is given by volunteers who give their time totally free, they do not get paid.
We have a small office in Ampthill and two partime staff. Our Area Management Committee are responsible for the for overseeing the strategic direction of Cruse Bedfordshire and work closely with the Area Manager on the day to day operations of Cruse Bedfordshire. All our Area Management Committee members are volunteers who give their time to ensure that Cruse Bedfordshire continues to thrive and develop.