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Recently bereaved

Managing the loss of a loved one is a very difficult experience at any time.  You may already have been dealing with the loss of a loved one before the outbreak of COVID-19, or you may have recently experienced loss during the current crisis. Support and advice is still available and many organisations are adapting quickly to offer support within current restrictions.


Advice and support during the coronavirus outbreak

Cruse Bereavement Care has put together some 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. They will be adding to and updating this information as the situation develops.

Website:  www.cruse.org.uk/get-help/coronavirus-dealing-bereavement-and-grief
Telephone:  0808 808 1677
Email: helpline@cruse.org.uk


Age UK has specific information about coronavirus, including arranging and attending a funeral during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Website: www.ageuk.org.uk 


The Childhood Bereavement Network can give advice about how to support children who are bereaved in the current situation.

Website: www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk/covid-19.aspx


General advice on dealing with bereavement and loss

For general advice on bereavement, there are pages on the NHS.UK website and on the Age UK website.


Local support

Cruse Bereavement Care is based in Cheltenham but offers support across the county. Currently offering advice 10am to 12.30pm Monday to Friday.   

Website: www.gloucestershirecruse.org.uk
Telephone: 01242 252518  
Email: gloucestershire@cruse.org.uk


Sunflowers Suicide Support is based in Stroud but offers support across Gloucestershire to those bereaved by suicide. Although not currently offering face-to-face support, find out what is currently on offer here.


Winston’s Wish is based in Cheltenham but offers national bereavement support to children and young people whose parent or sibling has died. Although not currently offering face-to-face support, they can support via their helpline 08088 020 021.

Wesbite: www.winstonswish.org


Funeral celebrants are professionally trained to help you celebrate the life of a loved one.  Although face to face services are suspended, many can offer support and advice by phone or video call.  Find a list of celebrants in Gloucestershire here.

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