We believe that sharing experiences and bringing grief and loss out into the open can help us find solace and support. But living with grief can also be really tough, especially at a time of global crisis. Social distancing, job insecurity and fears about the Coronavirus can compound our worries and fears. This can mount up to a significant mental health impact. Bereaved or not, we want to highlight some sources of support. If you are outside the UK, please scroll down for selected International Resources.
The Samaritans: When life is difficult, Samaritans are here – day or night, 365 days a year. You can call them for free on 116 123, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.samaritans.org to find your
Marie Curie: You can receive support from Marie Curie via their free helpline 0800 090 2309, online chat, book a call, and befriending call back services. Visit https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/help/support/bereavement# for more information.
Cruse Bereavement Care: The Cruse Bereavement Care Freephone National Helpline is staffed by trained bereavement volunteers, who offer emotional support to anyone affected by bereavement. The number is 0808 808 1677 or email email@example.com.
Mind: Coronavirus and your wellbeing.
Off The Record: being resilient through the Coronavirus disruption.
Free Headspace Mindfulness: weathering the storm.
BBC article: how to protect your mental health.
WHO: mental health and psychosocial considerations during Covid-19.
NHS: guidance on relieving stress.
Dying Matters: information and support, including a hospice care finder
NHS information about hospice care
Marie Curie information on Advance Care Planning
What matters conversations: videos and information about having conversations about what matters to you
Advance care planning blog by Clair Fisher
Compassion in Dying: Information and resources about preparing and planning for the end of life
MyWishes end of life care planning software
Cruse Bereavement Care
Marie Curie: Visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/help/support/bereavement# for more information to access Marie Curie’s free helpline 0800 090 2309, online chat, book a call, and befriending call back services.
Bristol Bereavement Network: directory of local services for Bristol.
Good Grief Trust: an online portal of UK bereavement services, searchable by type and location.
www.bacp.co.uk: for information on finding a qualified counsellor.
At a Loss: to help signpost you to the right bereavement support.
Shapes of Grief, a podcast/blog by Liz Gleeson, Bereavement Therapist
Griefcast, a podcast that examines the human experience of grief and death, hosted by comedian Cariad Lloyd.
Dying Matters: bereavement services and resources
Specialist support can be really helpful when you feel like no one understands what you are going through. Below are just some of the organisations out there to support you, with thanks to Cruse Bereavement Care for input.
Gransnet: bereavement forum for the over 50s.
The Jolly Dollies: social network for widows.
Gingerbread: single parents, equal families.
WAY: widowed and young.
Switchboard: LGBT+ Helpline.
Age UK: a PDF on bereavement in later life.
The Silver Line: a helpline for older people.
Cruse Bereavement Care: Coronavirus, bereavement and grief
Loss Foundation: provides support after a COVID-19 bereavement
Information for the Bereaved – UK government information to help bereaved families, friends or next of kin make important decisions after a Covid-19 death.
COVID-19: guidance for managing a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic
National Association of Funeral Directors: Covid-19 advice
For further advice and support, see Cruse Bereavement Care Coronavirus: useful links
Fertility Network UK: the National Charity for those experiencing infertility.
Big Fat Negative: support with the challenges of infertility.
Cat and Alice: support with infertility and trying to conceive.
Resolve: the National Infertility Association.
The Compassionate Friends.
The Lullaby Trust: previously Foundation for the Study of Sudden Infant Death.
Child death helpline: for anyone affected by the death of a child.
Child Funeral Charity: financial support for families.
Child Bereavement UK.
The Good Grief Project supports families grieving an untimely death, particularly the death of a child.
The Harbour, for those facing death due to serious illness.
National End of Life Care Programme.
What Matters Conversations – a great video on having conversations with the people you love about what matters most to you
Samm: Support after Murder and Manslaughter.
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide.
CALM: Support after suicide
Independent Advisory Panel on Death in Custody.
Inquest: advice to bereaved people on contentious deaths.
Coroner’s Court Support Service.
AfterTrauma: dedicated to helping survivors of traumatic injury and their carers.
Sudden: Supporting people after sudden death.
Brake: Supporting people bereaved after road traffic incidents
Cardiac Risk in the Young.
Road peace: the national charity for road crash victims.
MacMillan Cancer Support.
Maggie’s Cancer Care.
Marie Curie: Care and support through terminal illness.
Mesothelioma: an asbestos-related illness.
Sudden Arrythmic Death Trust.
Drugfam: supporting families affected by a loved one’s use of drugs or alcohol.
Ridgefield: the Recovery Village (substance misuse).
Adfam: families affected by drugs and alcohol.
Anyone’s Child (families for safer drug control) from Transform.
Anthony Nolan: Bereavement and stem cell transplants
Loss Foundation: bereavement support following the loss of a loved one to cancer
Australia: Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement
Denmark: The Danish National Center for Grief
France: The Bereavement Support Network
Anam Cara – Supporting Parents After Bereavement
Irish Hospice Foundation
The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network
Italy: De Leo Fund
Germany: Aeternitas e.V.
Greece: MERIMNA – Association for the Care of Children and Families
Netherlands: ARQ Knowledge Center Traumatic Grief (AKTR)
Norway: Clinic for Crisis Psychology, Psychological Center
Sweden: Swedish Infant Death Foundation (Spädbarnsfonden)
Aftering.com – list of support organisations
Grief.com Support Group Directory
The Compassionate Friends – Supporting family after a child dies