Covid-19 useful bereavement links and resources

At this difficult time, Leeds Bereavement Forum is collecting a list of local and national resources* which we hope will be useful for those affected by bereavement. Our collection of Covid-19 Bereavement News has moved to its own individual page.

This list will be updated regularly and we would encourage organisations to share their resources and information – please do contact us if you have anything to add or update.

Funeral Updates

Crematoria chapels for funeral services to reopen in Leeds next month | 22 May

Leeds City Council updated arrangements put in place for cemeteries and crematoria services | 16 April

Further changes made to Leeds City Council Funeral Chapel Services – burials and cremations | 24 March

Important update – Leeds City Council Funeral Chapel Services – burials and cremations | 20 March

Coronavirus: organising a meaningful funeral | Quaker Social Action

Covid-19 and Cemeteries and Crematoria – Frequently Asked Questions | Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management

Questions about funerals during COVID-19 | National Association of Funeral Directors

Social isolation and funerals: Some information and guidance (.pdf) | David Buck, Spiritual Care Co-ordinator, Sue Ryder – Wheatfields Hospice

Coronavirus Updates | The United Synagogue, engaging members of local Jewish communities.

Guidance for handing body following death from Covid-19 Muslim deaths (.pdf) | National Burial Council

Tutorial: How to arrange and video stream a funeral on Facebook during the COVID-19 pandemic | My Wishes

Resources

A good death’ during the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK: a report on key findings and recommendations | The London School of Economics and Political Science

Bereavement – How other people can help | Care for the Family

Compassionate and informative telephone calls during COVID 19 | Forum Central

Coronavirus: dealing with bereavement and grief |  A list of useful resources from Cruse Bereavement Care

Coronavirus (COVID-19) if you’re affected by terminal illness | Marie Curie

Covid-19 Bereavement | Sudden, Supporting people after sudden death including Covid-19

Covid-19 Support for Professionals | Leeds Palliative Care Network

Death Cafe and Covid-19 | DeathCafe.com

Dying Matters #BeforeTheirTime | hashtag to share resources and offer support for anyone who loses a close friend or relative at this time, especially if it’s sudden or earlier than expected

Faith Communities and Coronavirus | The Inter Faith Network

How to Cope with Bereavement During the COVID-19 Pandemic | Psychology Today

If you were suddenly taken very ill, how would they know… (.pdf) | Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Keeping in touch when you can’t be with someone who is so ill that they might die | National Bereavement Alliance

Looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak | Mental Health Foundation

Making decisions about treatment -Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Compassion in Dying

My Wishes | MyWishes’ goal is to ensure that everyone documents what they would like to happen to their physical estate, their digital estate, the care they may require in the future, and the care of any dependents they may have (children, pets etc).

Sharing information about Grief & COVID-19 | Network Europe

Supporting yourself and others: coping with death and grief during the Covid 19 pandemic (.pdf) | The British Psychological Society

Talking about death during Covid-19 | The order of the good death

The effect of funeral practices on bereaved friends and relatives’ mental health and bereavement: implications for COVID-19 | National Institute for Health Research and the University of Bristol

We will have to talk about Dying: Covid 19 graphic (.pdf) and We will have to talk about Dying: Covid 19 PowerPoint (.pptx) | created by Dr Lara Mitchell, Consultant Geriatrician and Clinical Lead and Dr Caroline Cochrane, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of psychological Services NHS Borders as part of Scottish Quality and Safety Fellowship

When Someone Dies from Coronavirus | Free downloadable resource from Books Beyond Words for families and carers. For someone who struggles with words, there are barriers to getting the health or social care and support. By telling the whole story in pictures, Books Beyond Words gives people the chance to work together and explore situations.

Support for Children and Young People

Coronavirus – supporting children video and Supporting bereaved children through difficult times leaflet (.pdf) | Child Bereavement UK

Coronavirus: supporting bereaved children and young people | Winston’s Wish

Coronavirus: children and young people | Cruse Bereavement Care

Coronavirus: general advice and support | Childline

Coronavirus advice and mental health support | Young Minds

Children’s Guide to Coronavirus (.pdf) | Children’s Commissioner

Free information book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler | Nosy Crow

Coronavirus – Explained for Children | Animation aimed at children bereaved by Covid-19, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Helping families to deal with death | Storybook and Workbook around bereavement by Covid-19 available to download, Phoenix Education Consultancy

Hospice and Hospital Care

Coronavirus: Guidance on Visiting the Hospice | St Gemma’s Hospice

How we can help | Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice

Coronavirus/Covid-19 Update | Martin House Hospice

Coronavirus Guidance (COVID-19) | Hospice UK

Visiting Times | Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Direct Bereavement Support

Carers Leeds | All support groups, events, drop-ins, meetings and other face to face activities are now cancelled until further notice. The Carers Leeds advice line – 0113 380 4300 is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9.00am-4.30pm, Wed 8.00am – 6.30pm. You can email the advice line – advice@carersleeds.org.uk for support during these times.

Charlies-Angel-Centre Foundation | Is only able to offer email and telephone counselling at the moment, due to Covid 19. All the support groups at the Centre have been cancelled but support can be found through their social media. A telephone bereavement referral form can be found on their website.

Child Bereavement UK in Leeds  | Continues to offer children, young people and their families therapeutic bereavement support via telephone and virtually. Their established Group for Young People who are bereaved is now being offered virtually. They have a Leeds helpline 0113 350 3598 and Leeds email available to offer support. Nationally there is the Child Bereavement UK website filled with resources, LIVECHAT and a national helpline. For young people they have a Child Bereavement UK Young People’s website

Covid-19 Telephone Support Line | St Gemma’s Hospice and Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice has launched a new telephone helpline available to anyone in Leeds with family members or friends who are critically ill, or who have died from Covid-19. To access the Covid-19 support line, call St Gemma’s Hospice on 0113 218 5544 or Wheatfields Hospice on 0113 203 3369. If the phone line is engaged please leave a message with your name and phone number and they will return your call. The support line for people in Leeds is open Monday – Friday between 9.00am – 4.00pm (excluding bank holidays).

Cross Gates and District Good Neighbours’ Scheme CIO | is currently offering its monthly bereavement peer support group via Zoom. Email admin@crossgatesgns.org.uk or call 0113 260 6565 for details.

Cruse Bereavement Care | National Freephone Helpline 0808 808 1677. Opening hours Monday-Friday 9.30-5pm (excluding bank holidays), with extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, until 8pm. You can still contact Cruse Bereavement Care Leeds via phone and email as normal.

Drighlington Health Hub CIC | Is continuing to offer support to their clients using online or telephone counselling. If you need support please contact them via their website or leave a message on 0113 285 2899.

End of Life Doula UK | Is available to provide volunteer non-medical Doula support to any person by telephone.

Full Circle Funerals Peer Bereavement Support Group | Is unable to host their monthly meetings but are continuing to support by offering a phone, email and video conferencing service. Please contact Ruth on 01943 262626 or email ruth@fullcirclefunerals.co.uk for further details.

GriefChat | GriefChat is a safe online space for grieving or bereaved people to be able to share their story, explore their feelings and be supported by a qualified bereavement counsellor. In addition to this, GriefChat can help bereaved people to consider if they need additional support and where to get this from. GriefChat is free of charge and is open Monday-Friday, 9am-9pm (UK time) to grieving or bereaved people.

Leeds Bereavement Forum Directory of Services | Our local and national list of over 100 bereavement support organsations. Please be aware all of these services will have had to change the way they are working at this time.

NHS Staff Bereavement Support Line | A confidential bereavement support line, operated by Hospice UK and free to access from 8am – 8pm, seven days a week – call 0300 303 4434. 

Sands Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity | Sands has cancelled all face-to-face support group meetings and other events across the UK. You can access support from Sands via: Freephone Helpline 0808 164 3332 | email helpline@sands.org.uk | Online community sands.community | Online resources sands.org.uk/book | Mobile app sands.org.uk/app

The Market Place | The Market Place has developed a new telephone support service running between 11.30pm-5pm, seven days a week. 11 – 25 year olds can now go online and book a 20 minute telephone support slot.

Sue Ryder Online Community | You are not alone. If someone you love is dying or has died, this Online Community is a place to share experiences, get things off your chest, ask questions and chat to people who understand.

*Many thanks to Childhood Bereavement Network for providing several of the links above.

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