Bereavement support

Official guidance, advice and support to deal with bereavement during this pandemic

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

National helplines and online support and information

Help with funeral costs

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.

Wider mental health support and services

Find out more information on the wider mental health support and services available.

Page updated on: 4 February 2021