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The death of a loved one can be among the most difficult moments that any of us will face in our lives, and it often falls on those closest to the deceased and grieving the most to organise the funeral.

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If you are a resident of the Morecambe Bay are select here for resources.

Covid-19 bereavement leaflet resource
The government have produced a leaflet which shares important information to help bereaved families, friends or next of kin make important decisions during the COVID-19 global pandemic and guides you to the extra help and support that is available.

Across Cumbria there are many organisations that offer bereavement support and it is important that following a death we are able to signpost and guide people for appropriate help.

Most people who experience loss will only require low level support, which involves providing people with information on the grieving process, practical help with tasks, and social support. Family, friends, and colleagues will provide much of this support. For those offering support, this is a time of “watchful waiting;” active listening; reminding people that grief is normal; exploring the emotions they may feel, the person’s thoughts about that and how everyday behaviour or skills might be affected.

This level of support would also include community groups, churches (all faiths and none), hospital and hospice bereavement teams, online forums and national support.

Age UK:

At a Loss:
Provide the UK's signposting website for the bereaved

Child Bereavement UK:
Includes Live Chat via the website:
Tel. 0800 02 888 40

Churches together in Cumbria (CTiC):
Signposting to a church or minister:  

Church of England:

Cruse Bereavement Care: 
Tel. 0808 808 1677

Cruse Bereavement Care Cumbria:
Tel: 0300 600 3434  - please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Dying Matters:

East Cumbria Sands:
Tel 07923 480416

Eden Valley hospice and Jigsaw Children’s Hospice:
Tel. 01228810801

Every Life Matters (Cumbria): Support for people bereaved by suicide:

Grief Chat:
Tel. 01524 782910

Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland:
Tel. 01228 603208

Hospice at Home West Cumbria:
Tel. 01900 705200

Interfaith and Multifaith:

Offers emotional and mental health support for children and young people aged between 11 – 24 years and is available up to 10pm every day online

Marie Curie: Tel. 0800 090 2309

National Bereavement Alliance:

National Bereavement Partnership: Tel. 0800 448 0800

NHS Bereavement Helpline:
Tel. 0800 2600 400

From 10th August 2020
The bereavement support service, Sudden has taken over running the NHS Bereavement Helpline. Sudden is a not-for-profit service hosted by the support charity, Brake. The helpline number will remain the same (0800 2600 400) but Sudden’s service will take and have responsibility for all calls to the number going forward, offering up to ten weeks of phone-based support from day one.

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust:
Tel. 01228 602000

Schools Resources Cumbria:

Tel. 116 123 free from any phone 0330 094 5717 local call charges apply

Provides bereavement support nationally through its Freephone helpline, mobile app, online community and resources, and locally through a regional support groups.
Tel 0808 164 3332  

Schools Resources Cumbria:

St John’s Hospice (South Lakes):
Tel. 01524382538

St Mary’s Hospice (Furness):
Tel. 01229 580305

Suicide Bereavement Support Cumbria:
Tel. 07572 975 721 or 07896 703 757

Suicide Bereavement UK:
Tel 01706 827 359

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide:
Tel. 0300 111 5065

The Good Grief Trust:

Time to Share Bereavement service:
Offers support to Children and Young People in Copeland aged 3-18, who have experienced a significant bereavement following a referral from schools or other agencies.
Tel: 07926385262 (between 9am-3pm Mon-Fri)

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay:
Tel:01524 512406

Way Widowed and Young:
For people aged 50 or under when their partner died:

Winstons Wish:
Tel. 08088 021

This list is not exhaustive and we are not endorsing or approving any specific organisation.

Child Bereavement UK:

Compassion in Dying:
Helping people prepare for the end of life. How to talk about it, plan for it, and record your wishes. Tel: 0800 999 2434

Cruse Bereavement Care:
Books for children:

Cruse Bereavement Care Cumbria:
Tel: 0300 600 3434  - please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Dying Matters:
Aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life.

Faith Action:

Humanist UK:

Inter Faith and Multifaith:

Irish Hospice Foundation:

Marie Curie:

National Bereavement Alliance:

Network Health:
Network for Pastoral, Spiritual & Religious Care in Health

Oxford Health:
Coping with the Coronavirus - Bereavement (one of a series about Coronavirus and mental health):

Quaker Social Action:
... has produced a guide to organising a meaningful funeral when people cannot attend:

Schools Resources Cumbria: 

St John’s Hospice:
Specific coronavirus support for families not know to the hospice:​​​​​​​

Way Widowed and Young:
A national charity in the UK for people aged 50 or under when their partner died:

Mental Health & Wellbeing during Covid-19:

The drop down box above contains a list of nationally produced online information which families and carers can be signposted to during the Covid-19 outbreak about grief, funerals and support in exceptional times.

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