As the coronavirus pandemic continues, there won't be many people who have not been personally touched by the loss of a relative, friend, acquaintance, colleague or someone involved in your life now or in the past. If the person ended their days in hospital or a care home, or far from where you live, it is likely you weren't be able to see them or be with them in their final hours due to visiting restrictions or not being able to travel.

Restricted Movement Makes Things Harder
These circumstances make the loss even harder as the usual feelings of comfort or of being with the person are absent. Also, bereaved people cannot meet with others to share their feelings, or have physical contact like a hug so will have to rely on phone calls and video calls to talk to others.

Coping With Grief
You feel as you do because you cared for the person and had a shared history with them. We all cope differently with distress and loss. We all manage our feelings and sadness according to our personality and usual ways of coping. But these are unusual times and support is available if it would help to talk to someone.  Below you will find information about services that you can contact.

Bereavement Services in East London
Leaflet: Bereavement Information from Mind 
This leaflet from Mind explains the stages of grief and has practical information about how you can help yourself to cope in the early days after a loss, or how you can help someone who has had a loss. It has information about arranging a funeral, finance and other practical issues with contact information for people living in East London. 

Newham Bereavement Services
Tower Hamlets Talking Therapies
Hackney Bereavement and Support Services
City and East London Bereavement Services

Bereavement Services in Richmond
Richmond Bereavement Services (Cruse)

Bereavement Services in Bedfordshire
Guide: Bereavement Services for Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes
Bedford Borough Council, Central Bedfordshire Council and Milton Keynes have brought together all their bereavement information into one guide: 

Cruse Bereavement Care
CHUMS - Supporting Children Who Have Experienced Loss

Bereavement Services in Luton
Luton Cruse
Total Wellbeing Luton

ELFT's Religious, Cultural and Spiritual Care team 
Our Religious, Cultural and Spiritual Care team are happy to be contacted by any ELFT service user, carer or member of staff who needs support: Email Religious, Cultural and Spiritual Care team or call: 07789867819 

National Helplines
National CRUSE Helpline: 0808 808 1677 or email: helpline@cruse.org.uk
A national bereavement care freephone helpline, staffed by trained bereavement volunteers who offer emotional support to anyone affected by bereavement.

Samaritans: 116 123 or email: jo@samaritans.org if you feel really overwhelmed and need to talk to someone now.

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