Thanks to a grant from Comic Relief, we have been able to publish a Bereavement Handbook. This provides practical advice and support for anyone who has been bereaved due to an asbestos related disease. You can view a pdf of the book by clicking on the link below, but if you would prefer a printed version, please email

Bereavement Booklet

Grief affects us all in different ways. Everyone’s experience of losing a loved one is different and each journey will be unique. Grief can shake everything up – your beliefs, your personality, your sense of meaning and identity and even your sense of reality.

Bereavement is the time we spend adjusting to loss. There is no standard time limit and there is no right or wrong way to feel during the bereavement period – everyone must learn to cope in their own way. The word ‘bereavement’ comes from the ancient German for ‘seize by violence’. Sometimes when someone dies, it can feel just like that – like that person has been forcibly taken away.

Grief, although normal, can manifest in a huge range of unexpected ways. Some people get angry, some people withdraw further into themselves and some people become completely numb. Talking about the loss often allows a person to adjust to their new life with all it’s changes – Any loss has to be acknowledged for us to move forward.

Thanks to an award from the Big Lottery DAST established a project to provide support to those who have been bereaved through an asbestos-related disease. The project provides an opportunity for those affected to reach out and support each other. The project includes:

One to One Support and Advice

  • Telephone support & listening ear
  • Home visits
  • Practical advice & assistance with benefits
  • Information & advice about coroners and inquests
  • Signposting & referral to local services

Telephone Befriending Service

  • Regular telephone support from trained volunteers who themselves have experienced an asbestos related bereavement
  • A friendly voice who understands!

Coffee & Chat Support GroupsLighthouse Groups

  • Chance to meet others on their own grief journey
  • For mutual support and encouragement
  • Help ease that sense of loneliness and isolation

You can read some of our regular Bereavement Support Newsletters here:

July August 2021

March/April 2021 Newsletter

January 21 Newsletter

November 20 Newsletter

If you would like to be added to our mailing list to to receive regulars copies of the Newsletter and information about upcoming events, or if you would like more information on the bereavement support project, please contact Jo Reeve on 

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Telephone Befriender
  • Support Group Co-ordinators
  • DAST Community Champions
  • Steering Group Members

Call us for more information!

Thoughts in Bereavement

When two people love each other deeply it affects you in two ways. To know you are loved is a wonderful feeling sustaining you through hard times and good but the feeling of loving someone is just as powerful. That doesn’t go when your partner dies. After three and a half years I still get that powerful surge when I think of my husband and I look at his photo and think ‘ I do love you’. This and positive thoughts and wonderful memories have kept me going and enjoying life. Also my wonderful children of whom their Dad would have been so proud.

I very much appreciate the monthly magazine and think the new title very appropriate. I particularly like the recipes for one and the puzzles.
Thank you all for the support DAST has given me.
With love
Julie Cooper

We believe that it is important to remember victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases and, therefore, we undertook a ‘Reflection and Celebration of Life’ projection and service in Chesterfield which was a poignant event, projecting the names of victims of asbestos related diseases to appear on the Archway at the Crooked Spire Church in Chesterfield, Derbyshire on Wednesday 27th February 2019