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Bereavement Support across Cumbria - Support Everyone can Access

The death of a loved one can be among the most difficult moments that any of us will face in our lives, and it often falls on those closest to the deceased and grieving the most to organise the funeral.

The Government have produced a leaflet which shares important information to help bereaved families, friends or next of kin make important decisions during this national emergency and guides you to the extra help and support that is available.


Level 1: General support that everyone can access

The first level of bereavement support represents general support and information. Most people who experience loss will only require first level support, which involves providing people with information on the grieving process, practical help with tasks, and social support.  Family, friends and colleagues will provide much of this support.  For those offering support, this is a time of 'watchful waiting'; active listening; reminding people that grief is normal; exploring the emotions they may feel, the person's thoughts about that and how everyday behaviour or skills might be affected.  This level of support will also include community groups, churches and religious and spiritual organisations (all faiths and none), hospital and hospice bereavement teams, online forums and national support.


In the related services section (on the right-hand side), you will find local organisations who offer support.

National and online support:

Age UK 
At a Loss: Provide the UK's signposting website for the bereaved
Brake: Provide support for people bereaved by a death on the road
Care for the Family
Child Bereavement UK: Include live chat via the website
Coroners' Courts Support Service: Provide support to people where there is an inquest following a death 
Cruse Bereavement Care
Dying Matters 
Grief Encounter
Interfaith and Multifaith 
Kooth: Online support for children and young people
Lullaby Trust: Support for anyone affected by the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or young child
Marie Curie 
National Bereavement Alliance
National Bereavement Partnership
Network - Health: Supports pastoral, spiritual, and religious care in healthcare, particularly at end-of-life
NHS Bereavement
Samaritans
Sands: Support for anyone affected by the death of a baby
Sudden: Support when someone has died suddenly, or too soon in their lives 
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS)
The Compassionate Friends 
The Good Grief Trust 
Way Widowed and Young: For people aged 50 or under when their partner died 
Winston's Wish:is a charity which offers a wide range of practical support and guidance to bereaved children, their families and professionals. 

Online bereavement support

The following is a list of nationally produced online information, which families and carers can be signposted to about grief, funerals and support in exceptional times.

Child Bereavement UK
Compassion in Dying: Helping people prepare for the end of life. How to talk about it, plan for it, and record your wishes 
Cruse Bereavement Care 
Books for children
Devon County Council 
Dying Matters: Aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement and to make plans for the end Of life 
Faith Action
Humanist UK
Interfaith and Multifaith
Irish Hospice Foundation
Marie Curie 
National Bereavement Alliance 
Network Health: Network for Pastoral, Spiritual & Religious Care in Health 
Oxford Health: Coping with the Coronavirus - Bereavement (one of a series about Coronavirus and mental health) [PDF 3.8MB] 
Quaker Social Action: Have produced a guide to organising a meaningful funeral when people cannot attend
Schools Resources Cumbria
Way Widowed and Young: For people aged 50 or under when their partner died
Winston's Wishis a charity which offers a wide range of practical support and guidance to bereaved children, their families and professionals
Mental Health and Wellbeing [PDF 3.9MB]
St John's Hospice [PDF 3.2MB]

If you would like to access this information in an alternative format, then please contact:

Tel: 01768 245 486 or visit North Cumbria's CCG website.

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