Funeral Guide has gathered a few helpful South African resources:
LifeLine (South Africa)
You can call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Provides an anonymous and confidential telephonic counselling service.
The Compassionate Friends (South Africa)
The Compassionate Friends have various self-help groups around South Africa, offering friendship and understanding to bereaved parents and siblings. Contact The Compassionate Friends if you need someone to talk to.
Hospice (South Africa)
Hospice provides palliative care for patients and their families throughout the world. They are an information resource for patients and care givers, helping to alleviate suffering associated with progressive, incurable illness.
Palliative care provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms of life threatening illness. It is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families handling problems associated with terminal illness. Hospice offers a support system and integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care.
Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa – provides a map for you to find a Hospice in your area.
Witwatersrand Hospice – includes Midrand, Alberton, Soweto, Alexandra and the greater Johannesburg area.
St Luke’s Hospice Cape Town – includes various centres in and around Cape Town.
The Organ Donor Foundation (South Africa)
The Organ Donor Foundation is a non-profit charity, which aims to address the critical shortage of organ and tissue donors in South Africa. One organ donor can save seven people, 1 heart, 2 lungs, 1 liver, 2 kidneys and 1 pancreas. Organ donation is the ‘gift of life’. Let’s ensure that South Africa remains a centre of excellence for organ and tissue transplantation. Transplants save lives.
For more information on organ donation, visit the Organ Donor Foundation or call Toll Free on 0800 22 66 11.
The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (South Africa)
Teen suicide prevention campaign – If you know someone who is depressed or thinking about suicide call SADAG on 0800 21 22 23 or SMS: 31393
Suicide Crisis Line: 0800-567-567 or SMS: 31393
Mental Health Helpline: 011 234 4837
Trained counsellors operate the Mental Health Counselling centre and the toll free Suicide Crisis Line every day from 8am to 8pm. The SA Depression and Anxiety group has over 120 support groups nationwide.
CANSA is a non-profit organization set up to fight cancer and offer support to cancer sufferers.
The National Funeral Directors Association (South Africa)
The NFDA is the oldest professional body of funeral directors / undertakers in Southern Africa. Its members accept the NFDA’s code of conduct, and minimum health requirements as a basis for doing business. It is recommended to make use of funeral businesses that are members of the NFDA for consumer protection.
International links to resources outside of South Africa
Infants Remembered In Silence (USA)
IRIS offers parents, families, friends and professionals support, education and resources on the death of a child in early pregnancy (miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy etc.), or from premature birth, stillbirth, neo-natal death, birth defects, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), illness and all other types of infant and early childhood death. Grieving is not about forgetting… It is about remembering.
Funeral Costs Help (UK)
This is an excellent funeral resource for UK residents. If you’re in the UK this is the ‘funeral guide’ for you