Loss to covid 19 is in many ways different to other types of bereavement. If you have experienced a Covid 19 bereavement, there is support available.

CBFFJ Facebook Group 

If you have lost a loved one to Covid-19, you may wish to join our Facebook group. This is a private group in which our members support one another, share experiences and listen to one another’s stories:
Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice UK

If you don’t use Facebook and would like to join the group, please email us on covidfamiliesforjusticeuk@gmail.com and we will add you to our members mailing list.

Support Services 

The below list includes a number of resources for those who have experienced a bereavement:

Cruse Bereavement are a specialist bereavement support organisation which also runs a helpline:
https://www.cruse.org.uk/

The Loss Foundation are running online support groups for those experiencing loss to Covid-19:
https://thelossfoundation.org/

NHS guidance on bereavement including how to access support through your GP:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/coping-with-bereavement/

The National Bereavement Partnership provides a support helpline, counselling referral and befriending service for all those suffering from anxiety, grief or mental health issues as a direct or indirect result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The helpline is open 7am – 10pm, seven days a week. Contact can be made via phone, SMS, emails and chat rooms:
https://www.nationalbereavementpartnership.org/

Samaritans offer a 24-hour helpline for anyone who’s in distress:
https://www.samaritans.org/

Grief Encounter support children and young people who have experienced a bereavement:
https://www.griefencounter.org.uk/

Winston’s Wish is a childhood bereavement charity, including Covid-19 specific support, with resources and information about their helpline/online chat.
https://www.winstonswish.org/coronavirus

Let’s Talk About Loss support people aged from 18 to 35:
https://letstalkaboutloss.org/

Widowed and Young support those who have lost a partner aged 50 or under:
https://www.widowedandyoung.org.uk/

AtaLoss.org provides the UK’s signposting website for the bereaved, a library of resources and access to GriefChat – an online webchat service available 9am to 9pm Monday to Friday:
https://www.ataloss.org/

Sudden offer general information about Covid-19 bereavement and a bereavement helpline, open 10am – 4pm Monday – Friday: https://sudden.org/covid-19-bereavement/

BAMEStream offer free, culturally competent, brief emotional online support to anyone from a Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic background in England experiencing bereavement and loss due to the Covid-19 Pandemic:
http://www.bamestream.org.uk/bereavement-support/

There’s a really comprehensive list of bereavement support organisations here:
https://www.careforthefamily.org.uk/family-life/bereavement-support/supporting-bereaved-people/further-help

The government has provided a page with information on practical and financial support which is available to those who have been bereaved:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-help-and-support-if-someone-dies

Citizens Advice also offers information on how to access bereavement benefits:
https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/claiming-bereavement-support-payment/

Our partners INQUEST have produced a useful guide to what to expect through the inquest and investigation process for anyone who decides to go down that route:
https://www.inquest.org.uk/useful-resources

Covid Aid is a charity set up to support anyone who has been significantly affected by Covid 19, through providing advice and support: https://covidaidcharity.org/advice-and-information

A number of Facebook groups have been set up specifically for families bereaved by Covid-19.

Some groups are managed by members of the Families for Justice group:

Help Us Add To This List

If anyone is aware of other services and support which has been helpful to them please let us know so that we can add to the list.

You can contact us on covidfamiliesforjusticeuk@gmail.com and follow our campaigns on Twitter @CovidJusticeUK and Facebook

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