While bereavement can be totally devastating and the strong emotions that may come with grief can seem overwhelming, grief is a normal human response to the loss of a loved one. Talking and spending time with family and friends who care for us can help us manage our feelings of sadness and grief. We can all help each other too, perhaps by listening to a friend or work colleague who has been bereaved. Perhaps by offering practical help.
Sue Ryder has suggestions here how we can support someone who has been bereaved.
Bereavement support groups
If you or a loved one prefer to talk on the phone try the Bereavement Trust’s free helpline 0800-435-455
If you want to connect with a group that stays in touch by other means you might consider
Cherish is a self-funded support group where they offer friendship and support through your difficult times of loss and after.
Contact Lisa Hyde, therapeutic counsellor, telephone 07426 170549, email firstname.lastname@example.org
TLC through Chawn Hill Church provides support, comfort and hope to those facing bereavement. Click here to visit Chawn Hill Church’s website.
Omega is an end-of-life charity working to raise standards in end-of-life care by supporting caregivers looking after someone with a terminal illness, people who are themselves end-of-life, and those who have been bereaved. They prioritise those aged over 75 and still caring or bereaved.
At the moment the Covid -19 virus is spreading and government advice to take steps to socially isolate should be followed as closely as possible. Any help we offer to family and friends who are bereaved should consider our own personal health and wellbeing too. Following government guidance around the Covid -19 outbreak Dudley’s local Bereavement Hubs and other bereavement support groups are not meeting.
If you know anyone who is struggling with their grief, please share the links and suggestions on this bereavement webpage.
Grief at this time when families and friends often cannot be together is really hard. Extra support is available in Dudley from the Listening and Guidance team. To access this call your surgery with a request to be referred to Listening and Guidance. It offers four phone calls from a trained person to give extra support at this time.
You might also consider sharing the link to GriefChat. You, or your loved one, will be able to have an online chat with a qualified bereavement counsellor.
Sue Ryder offers an online community to allow people to share experiences with others who understand.
Dementia and learning disabilities
If someone you know is grieving while living with dementia, suggestions on how you can support them are here.
If you have a learning disability or care for someone with a learning disability there are resources that can help to support understanding of bereavement and care for wellbeing.
Top tips for breaking bad news to those who have a learning disability can be found here.
Help to support those with a learning disability at end-of-life and in bereavement at this time of the Covid-19 virus can be found here
For more specialist support speak to your community nurse (if you have one) or ask your GP if a referral to Community Learning Disability Specialist Health Services at The Ridge Hill Centre would be beneficial.