Faith, worship and funerals

Bereavement support

Updated 25 January 2021

Bereavement is a difficult experience at any time. The Covid-19 pandemic makes it more challenging.
Those who experience loss, due to Covid-19 or any other cause, may suffer increased trauma. They may be cut off from their usual support network.
We have put together some resources to help the bereaved find the support they need.

What to do when someone dies

We have put together some information and guidance on what to do when someone dies.

Coping with the death of a loved one

There are many organisations that can help support you with bereavement. See our page on getting support during bereavement.

Looking after yourself

It's also important to take care of your own health and wellbeing. Visit our mental health pages to find out how to get help and support.

You may find counselling may help. You can refer yourself to your local psychological therapies (IAPT) service by using the NHS lookup tool.

Support from community and faith organisations

You may wish to reach out to your local community or voluntary organisation for support. You may wish to get in touch with your own local faith organisation.

Here is a directory of faith, community and voluntary organisations who offer support:

Can your organisation provide support?

Can your organisation offer telephone support for the recently bereaved? Please contact faith.communities@essex.gov.uk.

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