Steven Wibberley, Chief Executive of Cruse Bereavement Care said:
“On behalf of the trustees, staff and volunteers at Cruse, I would like to say how sad we are to hear about the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip. Our thoughts go out to our Royal Patron, Her Majesty The Queen, the Royal Family and the nation at this difficult time.
“The times we are currently experiencing are not only uncertain, they are unprecedented. When someone well-known dies, it can be hugely distressing. You don’t have to know someone personally to be affected by their death. It’s normal to feel a sense of grief for them. It is also normal for their death to bring up feelings of your own bereavements and you can feel that grief more acutely. Grief is individual, and everyone will react differently to historic moments like this.
“It is now more important than ever to reach out for help, whether that’s to loved ones, or to an organisation like Cruse. You are not alone, and we are here to listen. Our National Helpline (0808 808 1677) is open today until 5pm and over the weekend for anyone who is struggling.”