More than 100,000 people in the UK have now died from COVID-19, which accounts for even more individuals suffering from bereavement.
Mind defines bereavement as “...the experience of losing someone important to us. It is characterised by grief, which is the process and the range of emotions we go through as we gradually adjust to the loss.”
It’s important to remember that you do not have to deal with bereavement alone. There’s a multitude of support and guidance out there to help, such as the following:
What to do when someone dies
Whilst dealing with the initial pain and sadness that loss brings, there is also a wealth of admin to deal with. To ease stress, make sure you’ve got everything covered with this government guide.
Helplines and organisations
Talking to an impartial professional about your loss is a great way to digest and process your emotions, as well as access helpful advice and support.
A new Coronavirus Crisis Bereavement Line has been launched to support bereaved adults and children, across Essex, as a result of Coronavirus.
You can talk to a trained counsellor or bereavement worker who will be there to listen, advise and signpost you to further advice. The helpline number is 01702 220321 and is open seven days a week, 9 am to 6 pm.
For those who have been affected by COVID-19, and are living in the districts of Basildon and Thurrock, you can access a free Bereavement Support Helpline on 03334002358, which is open Monday - Thursday, from 1:00 pm -4.30 pm.
This organisation provides bereavement support to people across the UK. You can call their helpline on 808 808 1677 - Monday to Friday, 9.30 am-5 pm (excluding bank holidays), with extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, when they're open until 8 pm.
This is a self-help organisation which exists to meet the needs of those bereaved by the suicide of anyone close to them. You can call their helpline on 0300 111 5065, which is available Monday to Friday, 9:00 am-9:00 pm.
Absorbing content from individuals that have also experienced loss is a beneficial way to feel understood and supported.
A podcast that aims to normalise discussing grief; break the taboos of loss, and stimulate a realisation that you’re not alone with your feelings and that you can live a happy life and be grieving.
A podcast where comedians talk about their own experiences of death and bereavement.
A podcast about love, life and loss.
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