Coping with loss during the COVID-19 pandemic
The coronavirus outbreak has made it difficult to say goodbye to loved ones in the way we would like to, but it’s important to remember you are not alone during these unprecedented times.
There are services available and actions you can take to help you and your family through periods of grief when a traditional send-off isn’t possible.
Bereavement Support in Essex
Our own, award-winning, bereavement support groups and one-to-one counselling are both temporarily suspended during this crisis, however the need for help is higher than ever.
Cruse Bereavement Care, the bereavement charity for people living in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, comes highly recommended by the NHS. The charity has created a help page for people grieving as a result of COVID-19 as well as for friends and family suffering bereavement in quarantine and lockdown.
Cruse recognises isolation isn’t helpful when coping with loss, and so is providing support through its National Freephone Helpline on 0808 808 1677. The NHS also provides a list of recommended mental health services which can be accessed if you are struggling to deal with loss.
Creating memorials is a touching way to help friends and family pay their respects, especially when they are unable to attend the funeral, and there are digital platforms with features that can make memorials a collaborative experience.
Every one of our clients is able to set up a free online memorial page for your loved one, where friends and family can post messages, videos, songs, images and comments to remember their life wherever they are in the world. Links to the page can be sent out by email or social media. If you aren’t using our services, you can find these tribute sites independently, such as with Muchloved.
Many platforms also let you select a charity or cause for friends and family to donate to in your loved one’s memory, with the ability to set fundraising targets and milestones. This could be for a charity your loved one was close to or one that’s providing research into life-threatening illnesses.
Alternatives to funeral gatherings
Livestreamed funerals and memorial services are some of the ways you can involve friends and family in laying your loved one to rest while maintaining safe social distancing.
Please contact our Essex funeral directors if you need support or clarity about laying your loved one to rest during this difficult period.