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.

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:
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/

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

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

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

Dying Matters: www.dyingmatters.org/

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-by-suicide/

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

Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland:
Tel. 01228 603208
www.hospiceathome.co.uk/

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

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

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

National Bereavement Alliance: www.nationalbereavementalliance.org.uk/

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

NHS Bereavement Helpline:
Tel. 0800 2600 400
www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/bereavement-advice-and-support/

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

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

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

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

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/

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

The Good Grief Trust:
www.thegoodgrieftrust.org/

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay:
Tel:01524 512406
www.uhmb.nhs.uk/

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/

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

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
www.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

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

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

Irish Hospice Foundation:
https://hospicefoundation.ie/bereavement-2-2/covid1 
http://www.interfaith.org.uk/news/covid-199-care-and-inform/

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

National Bereavement Alliance:
https://nationalbereavementalliance.org.uk/covid-19/
https://nationalbereavementalliance.org.uk/keeping-in-touch-when-someone-is-seriously-ill/

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:
... has produced a guide to organising a meaningful funeral when people cannot attend: https://quakersocialaction.org.uk/we-can-help/helping-funerals/down-earth/information-and-guidance/coronavirus-organising-meaningful

Schools Resources Cumbria:
https://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-COVID-19-public-info-a5-booklet-AW-online-1.pdf

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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