Coping with bereavement

During the current coronavirus pandemic, many people are experiencing tragic loss of life under difficult circumstances. It is important to know what support is available in Suffolk and this page brings together resources and information in one place under three headings:  a) Self-help and information booklets b) National resources and c) Local resources.

When someone in the UK dies, information about what needs to happen next can be found at:

If you are bereaved and would like to speak with someone, you can call Cruse Bereavement Care for free
on Tel 0808 808 1677 or visit

Child Bereavement UK offers support for families and professionals when a child dies or when a child grieves
national helpline 0800 02 888 40

At a Loss has a website with useful bereavement resources

Self-help and information booklets

The British Psychological Society have a 12 page guide called Supporting yourself and others – Coping with death and grief during the Covid-19 pandemic.
A booklet called Coping with Bereavement has been created at this time of COVID-19 that looks at bereavement, coping with trauma and getting through the dark hours and days that loss brings us.
A booklet providing information and support available for different Faiths: Support Systems for bereavement and funerals within faith communities in Suffolk by Cynthia Capey – Interfaith Consultant at the East of England Faiths Agency and The Faith and Spirituality Network (Suffolk).

National resources

Cruse is a national organisation that provides both local and national support. They offer a range of free confidential support for adults and children. Cruse have put together various resources to share how bereavement and grief may be affected by this pandemic. It covers some of the different situations and emotions bereaved people may have to deal with.
Coronavirus: Dealing with bereavement and grief
Free phone helpline: 0808 808 1677
Monday & Friday 9.30-5pm (excluding bank holidays)
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9.30-8pm


A range of booklets to help with bereavement:

NHS advice to help cope with bereavement

NHS advice for young people with bereavement 

The NHS Wales compact guide covering a range of concerns and particular needs when facing bereavement 

Sue Ryder:
They offer free and professional video counselling to anyone living in the UK and 18+.

The charity provides information on bereavement, where to go for support, and suggestions for helping yourself and others through grief. 


For young people

Find local bereavement and community support services on the Emotional Wellbeing Gateway

When someone dies – bereavement support for young people




Unfortunately, at this very distressing time, there are many decisions and arrangements which need to be made for which you might need information.


We have put together some leaflets, which we hope will offer guidance about what to do after a death, explain what help is available from Social Security and suggest some organisations that can give support and comfort.  One leaflet serves as an introduction to grief, leading through the usual stages of grief to show how healing can take place.


You may also find the following addresses and telephone numbers useful:


The Cruse Bereavement Care office which are at

Room 35,

Lenton Business Centre,

Lenton Boulevard,

Nottingham NG7 2BY

Tel: 01159 244404

 Email: ]

Area Office phone number: 0115 9244404
The local Registrar is  at The Register Office The Council House Old Market Square Nottingham NG1 2DT Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.30pm Email:

Tel: 0115 841 5554

You may get further information and book appointments at for England & Wales



Citizens Advice Nottingham and District may be able to help. They are at

34 – 36 Carrington Street, Nottingham.  NG1 7FG

Telephone from a landline call 0844 848 7997  Or from a mobile call 0300 330 5457 ]


The phone number of the  Age UK office listed at It is 0115 8440011



Do let us know if there is any other way in which we can help.





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