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.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Death Cafe and Covid-19 |

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

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

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

Please Stop Minimizing the Death of Older Adults | What’s Your Grief

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

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

Related News articles (most recent first)

Coronavirus: Coping with grief during a lockdown | BBC News, 27 March

Perspectives on dying from COVID-19: Waiting for the storm | BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, 26 March

Coping with grief during the Coronavirus outbreak | eHospice, 25 March

Coronavirus: Britons saying final goodbyes to dying relatives by videolink | The Guardian, 24 March

Coronavirus: the conversation we should have with our loved ones now – leading medic | The Conversation, 23 March

Coronavirus: Doctors urge conversations about dying | BBC News, 21 March – Palliative care doctors are urging people to have a conversation about what they would want if they, or their loved ones, became seriously unwell with coronavirus.

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

Hospice 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

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 e-mail the advice line – for support during these times.

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.

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.

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.

Sands Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity | Sands has cancelled all face-to-face support group meetings and other events across the UK until the end of May. You can access support from Sands via: Freephone Helpline 0808 164 3332 | email | Online community | Online resources | Mobile app

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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