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During the global coronavirus pandemic we are facing a tragic loss of life, often under very difficult circumstances.

Bereaved people may have to deal with increased trauma, and may be cut off from some of their usual support network. Those who are already struggling with bereavement, or whose relatives or friends die through other causes will also be affected.

We have put together these 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. We will be adding to and updating this information as the situation develops.

Being bereaved can be a lonely time, and isolation due to the current situation can make it more difficult. Find out how you can help yourself or others.

Under the current rules funerals are limited and may be delayed. Many bereaved people will not be able to attend. We have some suggestions which might help.

If someone dies of coronavirus, it may be particularly traumatic for family and friends. Read about how this can affect bereavement and what can help.

In these difficult times it matters more than ever that you reach out to those who are suffering after someone dies. We can offer some tips to those who might worry about what to say to someone who is grieving.

Children and young people will be affected by what is going on around them, and may have many fears about the situation and the coronavirus.

Many people working on the front line of care or responding to the current pandemic will be having to deal with extremely distressing events, while working under pressured and stressful conditions. We offer some support and advice.

Feeling guilty is very common when someone is bereaved. No-one is perfect and sometimes blaming ourselves can be easier than blaming the person who died or others. Find out more.

Feelings of anger and blame are common after any bereavement. When someone has died under sudden or traumatic circumstances it can make these feelings worse. Find out more.

The welfare of bereaved people, our 5000 volunteers, and staff is our highest priority. Find out how Cruse services are adapting to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Easy read factsheet versions of our coronavirus resources. 

Some useful links to other charities and organisations which can provide advice and support during the coronavirus pandemic. 

There can be a strong spoken or unspoken feeling that certain deaths are more tragic than others. But every death can be a tragedy for friends and relatives left behind. 

If you are an employer, at this time sadly more of your staff are likely to be bereaved and struggling. Read about how you can help them, and also what to consider if a staff member dies. 

At the moment it is impossible to avoid of discussion of death and dying. This can bring up difficult feelings for those with anxiety and mental health issues. It can also bring up difficult feelings and memories of past bereavements.

Sometimes people are shocked by how upset they can feel when a famous person dies, and even that they should not be grieving. But there are some good reasons why people can feel deeply affected when someone famous dies.