Bereavement support

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The outbreak of Covid-19 has meant a lot of things have changed, for example schools and clubs are closed, sometimes people are working from home, and it is not possible to meet up with friends and family like we once could. You may even know someone who has died during this time and it is understandable that coping with the loss of someone close to us can be very lonely, isolating and more difficult than usual.

If you do already know someone who has died recently, it can be worrying that this may happen to other loved ones, and it can feel difficult to cope. When someone you care about dies, it can be really hard for a child or young person to make sense of it. Here are some things to do that could help you.

Message for Parents and Carers
Cally Lawrie talks about bereavement support for parent and carers:

For further reading click on the link below:


Message for Children and Young People
Cally Lawrie talks about bereavement support for children and young people: 

For further reading click on the link below:


Need more help?

If you or someone you are supporting is experiencing a mental health crisis and needs urgent support right now, please click here.


Further organisations offering support:

  • Childline (under-19s) trained counsellors provide confidential support on anything – no matter how small or large.


  • PAPYRUS HOPELINEUK (for under-35s) offers confidential support and practical advice.
    • Call: 0800 068 4141
    • Text: 07860 039 967
    • Email:
    • Open: 9am – 10pm weekdays, 2pm – 10pm weekends and bank holidays


  • Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal.
    • Call: 116123 (free from any phone)
    • Email: (Sometimes writing down your thoughts and feelings can help you understand them. Email how you are feeling to 'jo' and a volunteer will respond)
    • Open: 24-hours a day, 7-days a week


Below are some videos you may find useful

How do you help a grieving friend?:

The Loss Foundation UK describes the different phases of grief when trying to understand bereavement:

The Fixers UK video shows how you can deal healthily with bereavement:

This Wellcast animation about grieving explains that loss can be a painful process, explains the emotional rollercoaster of grief and talks about recovery:

Useful links

  • Cruse Bereavement Centre provides information and support for anyone experiencing grief or bereavement – more information can be found here.
  • Hope Again is a service for young people living after bereavement – more information can be found here.
  • Guy’s Gift offer tailored support for bereaved children and young people aged between 5 and 25 - more information can be found here.
  • Winston’s Wish provides therapeutic support – more information can be found here.
  • Rainbow Ripples for children affected by the illness and death of a close family member – more information can be found here.


Coventry City Council's COVID-19 (Coronavirus) bereavement information: 

Warwickshire County Council's Support for people bereaved during COVID-19 Pandemic: