Last Updated 2:01pm, 22 October 2020
Bereavement is difficult at any time, but with social distancing keeping us apart from friends and loved ones and limits on who may attend funerals, it will be even more challenging.
Grief is very personal and may affect you emotionally, physically and mentally or you may be too shocked to feel anything at first.
It can take a lot of courage to admit you’re struggling, but don’t keep it to yourself. There are a range of bereavement support groups and counselling services available which can be accessed online and by telephone. These are available for anyone suffering a recent bereavement, not only for coronavirus-related deaths.
Help is also available from most local Church or faith groups. Pastoral support can be beneficial in helping anyone come to terms with loss, helplessness and grief experienced in bereavement.
- The Government have published their bereavement support information in a number of different languages.
- Cruse Bereavement Care provides free practical and emotional support for anyone who has been bereaved.
- Hope Again is the youth website of Cruse Bereavement Care. It is a safe place for young people to learn how to cope with grief and feel less alone.
- Samaritans provides a free, confidential 24 hour telephone helpline on 116 123 if you need to talk.
- Clergy are available to provide pastoral care and support and may be reached through the Diocese of Exeter or rural Deans.
- If you are supporting a bereaved child or young person, the Childhood Bereavement Network has information and links to national and local organisations.
- Hospiscare have created a helpful document about bereavement and dealing with grief after the loss of a loved one.
- Living Options Devon provides a ‘Time to Talk’ confidential listening service for disabled and Deaf people. They can also arrange interpreters for non-English speakers.
- Talkworks offers a free, confidential, NHS talking therapy service for people over 18 in Devon (excluding Plymouth). They can arrange interpreters for non-English speakers.
- Marie Curie have published some information on end of life care during the coronavirus pandemic.
- Ataloss.org provides signposting to bereavement support and services across the UK, as well as online grief counselling.
- The NHS has some advice about dealing with grief after bereavement or loss.
- You can also search for bereavement support services in your area on Pinpoint Devon.