Coronavirus: dealing with bereavement and grief | Cruse Bereavement Care

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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.