Coronavirus, faith and bereavement

Bereavement support

Bereavement, which is a difficult experience at any time, is taking place under very challenging circumstances during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Both those who experience loss as a consequence of coronavirus, or through any other cause may suffer increased trauma and may be cut off from some of their usual support network.

We have put together some resources to help the bereaved find the support they need at this time.

What to do when someone dies

Our Coroner’s office has put together some useful guidance to help you find out what you must do when someone dies. They also offer information and signposting to organisations that can help you cope with bereavement.

Coping with the death of a loved one

The NHS website has useful information on coping with bereavement as well as links to organisations that can help.

Several hospices in Essex also offer comfort and support to the bereaved.

Cruse Bereavement Care is a leading charity which offers support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies.

Looking after yourself

At this time, 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. Or get in touch with your own local faith organisation.

We have put together a directory of faith groups, community and voluntary sector organisations who can offer support and signposting:

Can your organisation provide support?

If you are a local community or voluntary organisation who is willing to help by offering telephone support for the recently bereaved, please contact essex.partners@essex.gov.uk.

Contact us

If any of the information in this section is inaccurate please let us know by emailing essex.partners@essex.gov.uk.

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