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Bereavement support during the COVID-19 pandemic

Losing a loved one is difficult at any time, but during the current COVID-19 pandemic, many of the bereaved are facing additional difficulties and stress. Our bereavement experts are here to provide some guidance.

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Bereavement is difficult to deal with in any situation but even more so in these unprecedented times of isolation. The death toll is rising daily and more and more families are being affected by bereavement because of COVID-19.

We understand that losing a loved one is both devastating and stressful at any time, but with the rules on social distancing, many families and friends are unable to say goodbye to their loved ones in funeral gatherings and this can cause additional pain and upset.

It’s difficult to know where to turn to in a time of distress. Slater and Gordon support and work closely with a number of charities who assist those suffering bereavement, both adults and children. Please find details below of those charities who may be able to assist at this difficult time.

Once Upon a Smile

Once Upon a Smile was founded in 2011, by Daniel Jillings and Danny Miller and provides emotional and practical support to bereaved families. They understand that families are often left to grieve alone with no, or little support available and this can often have a devastating impact on family life and children.

Visit their website or call their support line 0161 711 0339

Child Bereavement UK (CBUK)

Child Bereavement UK help and support children, parents and families to rebuild their lives when a child is going through a bereavement or when a child passes away. They support children and young people up to the age of 25 dealing with bereavement, and anyone affected by the death of a child of any age.

Visit their website or call their support line 0800 02 888 40

Sudden by Brake

Sudden is an initiative by the road safety charity, Brake. They support people bereaved by sudden death. Sudden provides advice and guidance to those suffering bereavement in order to help them cope with their grief.

Visit their website or call their support line 0800 121 6510

Mental health support

Suffering loss and spending much time in isolation can undoubtedly affect your mental health. There are many charities which support those who are suffering at this time and can offer much needed advice and support.

Mind: Visit their website or contact their helpline on 0300 123 393

Samaritans: Visit their website or contact their helpline on 116 123

If you or a family member are suffering with your mental health, contact them for support. They’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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