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Established in 1996, Leeds Bereavement Forum is a small charity which works to develop and improve bereavement services in the city.

  • We signpost individuals to the most appropriate bereavement service either locally or nationally. You do not need to be referred to us, our service is free and open to all
  • We provide training, information, events and conferences to people who work in the area of bereavement to support their professional development. We work in partnership with organisations across the city to improve the provision of bereavement services
  • We campaign to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement and to make plans for the end of life. We work in partnership with Dying Matters nationally and locally

For more information please contact us or visit our Directory of Services to find out more about bereavement support available. The Forum is funded jointly by the three Leeds Clinical Commissioning Groups


Jane Robinson | Manager
Barbara Stewart | Development Worker


Lynne Fordyce | Secretary | Bereavement Therapist and Trainer

Joanne Dyson | Treasurer | Acupuncture Practitioner at Acupuncture North Leeds (previously a Chartered Financial Analyst and worked in investment banking for 8 years)

Xina Gooding Broderick | Owner/Funeral Director, Gooding Funeral Services

Mark Hibbert | Bereavement Services Manager, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Simon Moran [co-opted] | Area Fundraiser, MS Society

Emma Pickering [co-opted] | Bereavement Support Volunteer, Leeds Cruse Bereavement Care

Dr Satwant Rait [co-opted] | Honorary Sikh Chaplain at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, Spiritual care volunteer, St Gemma’s Hospice and Visiting Fellow, Dept of Theology, Leeds University

Chris Wood | Retired Social Worker, Volunteer for St Gemma’s Hospice Children’s Bereavement Team

If you would be interested in joining the forum as a trustee, please get in touch.