The Rosie Crane Trust

Patron:  Mrs Louise Chapman

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Bereavement Trust


I started the Rosie Crane Trust in October 2006, two years after the death of my daughter, Rosie, at 23 as a result of developing leukaemia.  I was contacted by two other parents who had lost children; we met up and found it was a great relief and help to talk about what had happened, our thoughts, memories and concerns.  I decided to start a support group and launched the trust at a party in memory of Rosie, as there was nothing she loved more than to be with family and friends.


The trust offers a confidential 'listening ear' service where trained, volunteer bereaved parents answer the telephone to other bereaved parents who need someone to talk to.  We also hold monthly support group drop-in centres in Yeovil and Taunton where bereaved parents can meet informally and talk to others who have similar experiences to them in a safe, confidential environment.  Our befriending service enables parents who have lost a child through similar circumstances to help and support each other.  Subsidised counselling may also be considered.


I have found from my own experience, and that of others, the immense value of being able to talk to people who can really understand and empathise with what you have been through.  Very little support is available for parents, especially if their son or daughter was an adult when they died.


Carol Crane

Chair of the Rosie Crane Trust


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Latest News

  • Facebook Group for Bereaved Parents

    We are creating a closed group Facebook page exclusively for bereaved parents to communicate with each other, post articles or poems which are meaning...

  • Grief Journey South Somerset

    This new support group, generously sponsored by A E Stoodley and Son, has almost completed its second year in Crewkerne providing support and reassura...

  • Collecting Boxes

    A huge thank you to Louise Tilden for donating £18.90 to the Trust in lieu of tips from her therapy business, The Garden Room in Taunton. A hug...

  • Chard Inner Wheel

    President, Rita Grout, kindly chose The Rosie Crane Trust as her Charity of the Year and raised a magnificent £400 for the Trust. A huge thank you to...

  • Friends of Crewkerne Hospital Fete

    Thank you to Tracey Warren of A E Stoodley and Son for the donation of £23 from the stall at Friends of Crewkerne Hospital Fete. Together with Carol ...

  • Three Peaks Walk

    The ‘Three Peaks Walk' around Ilminster was part of the Ilminster Midsummer Experience and took place on 14th June. This walk is traditionally open...

  • Plant Sale and Coffee Morning

    Glenda Adansan generously chose The Rosie Crane Trust as the charity to benefit from her popular Plant Sale and Coffee Morning which took place on Sat...

  • Fabric Clearance Sale and Craft Fair

    Due to relocation Carol's Curtains and Blinds held a sale and craft fair on Sunday 10th May which raised £100 on the raffle for the Trust, and Carol'...

  • Rosie's Cookery Book

    There are only 20 copies of our cookery book left now; priced at only £9.99 it makes a really good present. There are over 100 tried and tested recip...

  • Pam Price's Birthday Party

    A really big thank you to Pam and her friends for donating £35 to the Trust from Pam's lovely tea party birthday celebration, in lieu of birthday pre...

  • Ilminster Angling Association

    Thank you very much to Ilminster Angling Association for their generous donation of £32 to the Trust. Their continued support is very much appreciate...

  • Joan Gratrix's Birthday Party

    We all had a wonderful afternoon helping Joan celebrate her ‘special' birthday with great company, delicious food, good wine and some lovely bubbly ...

  • In Memory of Jean Crockett

    A huge thank you to Margot for choosing The Rosie Crane Trust as the charity to receive donations in memory of Jean; £104 was donated to the Trust. J...

  • Rosie's Chocolate Memories Puddings

    Thank you to our Patron, Louise Chapman, for another generous donation of £67.50 from the sale of Rosie's Chocolate Memories Puddings! So far, these ...

  • Grief Journey UK

    Carol Crane has been appointed as Director of Bereavement Care for Grief Journey UK following in the capable footsteps of Catherine Betley.Carol...

  • Stories

    Thank you to all the parents who have written their very moving stories for our display and website. I hope they will help other parents relate to the...

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Supporting Bereaved Parents


•   Have you experienced the loss of your son or daughter?
•   Do you need someone to talk to?
•   We provide support for bereaved parents
•   Contact us anytime, day or night


We support bereaved parents through their grief after the loss of a son or daughter of any age and offer the following services:



The Drop-in Centres provide an informal, friendly, safe and confidential place where parents can meet others who can really understand and empathise with them.


"Just walking into the Drop-in Centre, I can feel the cloud beginning to lift from my shoulders" - Noreen

"What a good morning, stress levels back to normal" - Carla


Our 24 hour Listening Ear Helpline is staffed by trained, volunteer bereaved parents who can give you support, assurance, friendship and most importantly, someone able and willing to listen to you.


"I would encourage anyone who is struggling with the loss of a child to seek support from this very special Trust" - Sue