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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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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. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-the-bereaved


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. Select the document links above or for general bereavement support organisation details you can also select the dropdown boxes below.

Bluebell (South Cumbria):
Provide free support for people experiencing grief associated with loss during pregnancy, the death of a baby, child or young person:
Tel. 07516556081 or 07849400315
www.bluebell.org.uk/

Cancer Care (South Cumbria) :
Tel. 03330 150 628  
www.cancercare.org.uk/BereavementLeaflet

Child Bereavement UK Cumbria:
Tel. 01539628311
www.childbereavementuk.org/cumbria

Churches together in Cumbria (CTiC):
Signposting to a church or minister
https://www.churchestogethercumbria.org.uk/  

Cruse Bereavement Care Cumbria:
Tel. 0300 600 3434
www.crusecumbria.org.uk/

Eden Valley hospice and Jigsaw Children’s Hospice:
Tel. 01228810801
www.edenvalleyhospice.org/

Every Life Matters (Cumbria):
Support for people bereaved by suicide:
www.every-life-matters.org.uk/affected-bysuicide/

Grief Chat:
Tel. 01524 782910
www.griefchat.co.uk/contact-grief-chat/

Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland:
Tel. 01228 608942
www.hospiceathome.co.uk/

Hospice at Home West Cumbria:
Tel. 01900 705200
hospiceathomewestcumbria.org.uk/

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

Samaritans  (Carlisle):
https://www.samaritans.org/branches/carlisle/

Samaritans (Furness and South Lakes):
www.samaritans.org/branches/barrow/

Samaritans (West Cumbria):
https://www.samaritans.org/branches/whitehaven/

Sands (East Cumbria):
www.facebook.com/East-Cumbria-Sands-2202217466682708 www.sands.org.uk

Schools Resources Cumbria:

Silent Footprints (West Cumbria):
www.alwaysanotherway.co.uk/current-community-projects

St John’s Hospice (South Lakes):
Tel. 01524382538
www.sjhospice.org.uk/bereavement-support/

St Mary’s Hospice (Furness):
Tel. 01229 580305
www.stmaryshospice.org.uk/our-care/for-families/bereavement-support/

Suicide Bereavement Support Cumbria:
Tel. 07572 975 721 or 07896 703 757
www.sbs.org.uk/

Time to Share (Copeland):
Support to Children and Young People
Tel: 07926385262 (between 9am-3pm Mon-Fri) Email: timetoshareberservice@gmail.com https://directory.childbereavementuk.org/organisation/time-to-share-bereavement-group-whitehaven-and-copeland/

University Hospitals of  Morecambe Bay:
Tel: 01524 512406
www.uhmb.nhs.uk/our-services/services/bereavement 

Age UK:
www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/health-wellbeing/relationships-family/bereavement/

At a Loss:
Provide the UK's signposting website for the bereaved
www.ataloss.org/

Brake:
Provide support for people bereaved by a death on the road
https://www.brake.org.uk/

Care for the Family:
https://www.careforthefamily.org.uk/family-life/bereavement-support

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

Coroners’ Courts Support Service:
Provide support to people where there is an inquest following a death
Tel 0300 111 2141
www.coronerscourtssupportservice.org.uk

Cruse Bereavement Care:
Tel. 0808 808 1677
www.cruse.org.uk/

Dying Matters:
www.dyingmatters.org/

Grief Chat: Tel. 01524 782910
www.griefchat.co.uk/contact-grief-chat/

Grief Encounter:
Tel. 0808 802 0111
https://www.griefencounter.org.uk/

Interfaith and Multifaith:
www.interfaith.org.uk/

Kooth:
Online support for children and young people
https://www.kooth.com/

Lullaby Trust:
Support for anyone affected by the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or young child www.lullabytrust.org.uk/bereavement-support/

Marie Curie:
Tel. 0800 090 2309
www.mariecurie.org.uk/

National Bereavement Alliance:
nationalbereavementalliance.org.uk/  

National Bereavement Partnership:
Tel. 0800 448 0800
https://www.nationalbereavementpartnership.org/

Network- Health:
Supports pastoral, spiritual, and religious care in healthcare, particularly at end-of-life
https://network-health.org.uk/

NHS Bereavement Helpline:
Tel. 0800 2600 400
www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/bereavement-advice-andsupport/
The helpline is now run by Sudden https://www.suddendeath.org/

Samaritans:
Tel. 116 123 free from any phone 0330 094 5717 local call charges apply
https://www.samaritans.org/

Sands:
Support for anyone affected by the death of a baby
Tel. 0808 164 3332
http://www.sands.org.uk/

Sudden: Support when someone has died suddenly, or too soon in their lives
Tel. 0800 2600 400
https://sudden.org/

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide:
Tel. 0300 111 5065
uksobs.org/

The Compassionate Friends:
0345 123 2304
https://www.tcf.org.uk/

The Good Grief Trust:
www.thegoodgrieftrust.org/

Way Widowed and Young:
For people aged 50 or under when their partner died:
www.widowedandyoung.org.uk/

Winstons Wish:
Tel. 08088 021
www.winstonswish.org/about-us/ 

The following is a list of nationally produced online information, which families and carers can be signposted to about grief, funerals and support in exceptional times.  
 
Child Bereavement UK:
www.childbereavementuk.org/coronavirus-supporting-children

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
Coronavirus.compassionindying.org.uk/making-decisions-about-treatment/

Cruse Bereavement Care:
www.cruse.org.uk/get-help/coronavirus-dealing-bereavement-and-grief

Books for children:
www.cruse.org.uk/about-cruse/publications/recommended-books/books-for-children

Devon CC:
https://www.devon.gov.uk/equality/communities/religion-faith-or-belief/coronavirus-pandemic

Dying Matters:
Aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life.
www.dyingmatters.org/page/updated-resources

Faith Action:
www.faithaction.net/campaigns/coronavirus/

Humanist UK:
humanism.org.uk/2020/04/20/humanists-uk-welcomes-updated-guidance-on-funerals-during-the-pandemic/

Interfaith and Multifaith:
www.interfaith.org.uk/news/covid-19

Irish Hospice Foundation:
hospicefoundation.ie/bereavement-2-2/covid19-care-and-inform/

Marie Curie:
www.mariecurie.org.uk/help/support/coronavirus 

National Bereavement Alliance:
nationalbereavementalliance.org.uk/covid-19/

Network Health:
Network for Pastoral, Spiritual & Religious Care in Health
http://networkhealth.org.uk/index.php/about/covid-19

Oxford Health:
Coping with the Coronavirus - Bereavement (one of a series about Coronavirus and mental health): www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/OH-008.20-Coronavirus-and-bereavement-Local-v2.pdf

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

School Resources:
localoffer.cumbria.gov.uk/kb5/cumbria/fsd/advice.page?id=2imoH2hBqTs

St John’s Hospice:
Specific coronavirus support for families not know to the hospice:
www.sjhospice.org.uk/coronavirus-bereavement

Way Widowed and Young:
A national charity in the UK for people aged 50 or under when their partner died: www.widowedandyoung.org.uk/news/offering-support-through-the-coronavirus-outbreak/

Mental Health & Wellbeing during Covid-19:
www.every-life-matters.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/ELM006-COVID19-public-info-a5-booklet-AW-online-1.pdf 
 


These lists are not exhaustive and we are not endorsing or approving any specific organisation. 

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