On this page:
- Mayor of London – how to cope with bereavement and grief during the coronavirus outbreak
- guidance from Government on Covid-19-related deaths. This includes advice for the public who identify a death outside of a healthcare setting, for example, at home, and also guidance for communities managing a death (including for those organising a funeral)
- a step-by-step guide on what to do when someone dies including how to register the death and arrange the funeral
- the Government has published guidance for managing a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic, including guidance on allowing family members to attend the funerals of their loved ones and ensuring the safety of mourners and funeral staff
Local services offering personal bereavement support
St Joseph’s Hospice offers bereavement support and counselling, individually or with other family members. This is currently available via telephone, online and a bereavement support forum.
Individuals can request a referral from their GP or other professionals, or contact St Joseph’s First Contact team directly on 0300 3030 0400, email email@example.com.
- Cruse has a range of online coronavirus specific resources covering dealing with bereavement and grief during this pandemic. It covers some of the different situations and emotions bereaved people may have to deal with. You can also contact them for support via their helpline on 0808 808 1677 (Mon and Fri 9.30-5pm, Tues to Thurs 9.30-8pm, excl. bank holidays) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- the NHS has general guidance about coping with bereavement
- Age.UK has some information on coping with bereavement and arranging a funeral – coronavirus advice
- the Good Grief Trust and At a Loss.org also have dedicated coronavirus bereavement support and advice
- Thrive London’s support after sudden bereavement during the Covid-19 pandemic is an online resource designed to support anyone who is grieving the sudden death of someone close to them, or who is supporting someone else going through sudden bereavement
- BAMEStream alliance member Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre is offering free culturally competent brief emotional online support in over 20 different languages to anyone aged 18 and over who identifies as Black, Asian or any other minoritised ethnicity who has been affected by the death of a loved one due to Covid-19, and is registered with a GP in England
There is support available if you need help with the cost of a funeral or need to access bereavement benefits. If you are struggling to pay for a funeral and your only source of funding is the Funeral Expenses Payment (see below), you are advised to tell the funeral director before committing to any arrangements.
- Government Funeral Expenses Payment (you may be eligible if you receive certain benefits or tax credits and this can either be paid to an individual or directly to the funeral director, though the payment will not usually cover all the costs of the funeral).
- Advice from the Money Advice Service, which lists alternative options for paying for a funeral.
- Government Bereavement Support Payment (if you receive or are entitled to Child Benefit you may receive the higher rate).
- Government Guardian’s Allowance (if you are bringing up a child whose parents have died. If you are a lone surviving parent you may also be eligible).
- Quaker Social Action support for people struggling with funeral costs. This includes support via a pre-funeral advice line, dealing with a bill post-funeral and other useful resources.
- Child Funeral Charity
- Final Farewell
- Friends of the Elderly
- Turn2Us provides a range of financial support, including that related to bereavement
Find out more information on the wider mental health support and services available.