Halliwell Bereavement Support

Bereavement support groups offer friendship and advice to help people cope with grief

Step by Step founder Maria Holton and trained CRUSE counsellor Richard Lockwood offer bereavement support to families.

Step by Step founder Maria Holton and trained CRUSE counsellor Richard Lockwood offer bereavement support to families. They are pictured at an annual Christmas candlelit church service, organised by our funeral arrangers, to remember those who have passed away.

Some people find sharing their feelings with others is the best way to come to terms with the death of somebody they love. This is why we assist several groups which offer bereavement support, providing invaluable comfort for people struggling to get over the loss of a relative or friend.

At our Heath Hayes funeral home, we host the Open Arms group which meets in one of our rooms every Thursday. Anyone is welcome to come along and talk to others who have experienced similar emotions.

Backed by the resources and caring ethos of the Tamworth Co-operative Society, we also fund the activities of the Step by Step group which mainly works with bereaved parents. Both organisations are open to anyone.

The following articles about Open Arms and Step by Step were published in the media.

How the Open Arms group is helping bereaved people to laugh again

Members of an independent bereavement support group in Heath Hayes say sharing their pain has helped to rebuild their lives. Some members of ‘Open Arms’ even claim that without the support they received they might well have taken their own lives.

They now want to reach out to more people who feel they are drowning in a sea of grief. PHIL SHANAHAN attended a meeting at the Halliwell House Funeral Home and discovered that laughter plays as big a part as tears during a typical group session.

Step by Step group offers a lifeline to parents who have lost a child

The unbearable pain of losing a child can drive parents to behave in ways they could never previously have imagined.

A Stonydelph mum on hearing the news that her son had died in an accident  pinched herself so hard ‘to wake herself up’ that she still bears the scars from her fingernails seven years later. She had his ashes placed in a teddy bear so he can still be present at family events and even be included on the photographs.


Halliwell is a member of the Funeral Planning Authority and the National Association of Funeral Directors which was established in 1905. All members abide by the NAFD Funeral Promise.

“By choosing us, you can be assured that the funeral is a fitting farewell to your loved one at a price you are comfortable with, that we will treat you and your loved one with respect at all times, and act with integrity, and that we will seek to fulfil any special wishes and requests. In the unlikely event that it goes wrong, you have a right to redress”


Amanda Woodward M.B.I.E.
Dip.FAA, FdSc, General Manager of Halliwell Funeral Services


Glen Speak M.B.I.E. Halliwell Deputy Funeral Manager

“We are part of the local community and are here for our families before, during and after a bereavement”

Our Locations



Holmwood Funeral Home
20 Castle Street, Roseville Precinct
Coseley, Bilston
West Midlands
WV14 9DP
Telephone: 01902 884881 | 24-hour service

Great Wyrley

Kingswood Funeral Home
164 Walsall Road,
Great Wyrley
West Midlands
Telephone: 01922 419090 | 24-hour service

Heath Hayes

Halliwell House Funeral Home
70 Hednesford Road,
Heath Hayes
WS12 3EA
Telephone: 01543 459200 | 24-hour service


Commonside Funeral Home
63 Norton Road,
West Midlands
Telephone: 01922 685999 | 24-hour service