This bereavement wall has been designed for people in the Dudley community to send their messages of support to those who have suffered a bereavement during COVID-19

You have sent in some fantastic words of kindness but there is still space for more. Please send your messages to healthycommunities@dudley.gov.uk

Messages received from the Dudley community

Help children cope with loss and change

You can access this free resource to support parents and teachers in helping children cope with loss and change – provided by Linzi Pearson CDW Public Health

The man gives helping hand outstretched for salvation

Thank you, Rachael Doyle from Public Health for providing these comforting words.

Minister, Rev Tim Coles: If you live in Gornal and you have been affected by loss during Coronavirus please feel free to make contact with me for support” timcoles@ugmc.org.uk

Dudley Mind: “Bereavement presents a different journey for each of us with many mixed emotions. From September 2020 Dudley Mind is promoting group work and individual support”

To find out more about how you can access these through Oliver’s Legacy please contact Dudley Mind on 01384 442938 or email enquiries@dudleymind.org.uk

Dudley CVS: “Please know that there are people and services out there that will help, should you need support. To access help from us you can request a referral from your GP to Integrated Plus, or contact Jason.griffiths@nhs.net directly”

Christ Church, Quarry Bank: “We have created an online memorial, with lighting of the candles accompanied by the music of the choir. You can view this memorial by clicking the YouTube link”

To find out more about the five ways to wellbeing click here 

If you live in the Coseley area and you are feeling isolated or lonely, please watch the video below to find out more about Pom-Poms 4 Loneliness or contact Shona or Dave on 07726 210092

Debbie Myers, Business Support Officer DMBC

Here is my quote regarding bereavement – how it was for me

“To have an unplanned life with half a soul, nothing more than an existence stumbling around in darkness, with an indescribable pain shattering the heart, mind and soul into pieces. Then one day, out of the darkness appears an unexpected life,  a new life, a different life, but a life all the same”

For more information click on the booklet

Walking with Grief from Celtic Daily Prayer

From Dark House Baptist Church Minister Denise Dobie

Do not hurry as you walk with grief

it does not help the journey

Walk slowly, pausing often: do not hurry as you walk with grief

Be not disturbed by memories that come unbidden

Swiftly forgive: and let Christ speak for you unspoken words

Unfinished conversations will be resolved in Him

Be not disturbed

Be gentle with the one who walks with grief

If it is you,

be gentle with yourself

Swiftly forgive

Walk slowly, pausing often

Take time, be gentle as you walk with grief

Practical things you can do – advice from the Healthy Ageing Team, Public Health, Dudley Council. 

Express yourself – Talking is often a good way to soothe painful emotions. Talking to a friend, family member, trusted work colleague, health professional or counsellor can aid the healing process

Allow yourself to feel sad – It’s a healthy part of the grieving process 

Maintain a routine – Keeping up simple things like doing the housework can help

Sleep – Emotional strain can make you very tired

Eat healthily – A well balanced diet will help you cope

Looking after yourself – Make sure that you have some time to yourself and do things that you enjoy e.g. meet a friend, go for a walk, visit a nature reserve, have a relaxing bath, etc

Avoid ‘numbing’ the pain – Things like alcohol and other substances will make you feel worse once the numbness wears off

Angels of the Nation

The Angels of the Nation appeal is working with NHS Charities Together & JustGiving to make at least 181 beautiful angel sculptures for the families of the NHS workers, who have died during the COVID-19 pandemic. If a colleague of yours has tragically died from Coronavirus, please pass this information to a member of your bereavement team, who can contact Paul or James to discuss further

Paul or James: 0781 808 3245 Email: angelsofthenation@gmail.com

Organisations that would like to share their resources

Continuing Bonds - British Psychological Society

Thank you Anne Horder, Dudley Public Health for this link: https://www.bps.org.uk/coronavirus-resources/public/continuing-bonds

Bereavement UK, offers free internet resources and podcast support on their Facebook page

Humanist Ceremonies, support with non-religious ceremonies

The Good Grief Trust, help and hope in one place

If you are struggling with your grief and would like to know more about how Compton Care can support you, please call the care co-ordination team on 01902 774570

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Muslim bereavement service
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The Fusion project based in the What? Centre is offering one to one counselling and group support during this time, to young BAME people

To find out more:

Tel: 07938314124

Website: thewhatcentre.co.uk

email: fusion.whatcentre@gmail.com

Dudley Community Information Directory (DCID)

Please visit Dudley’s Community Information Directory for information about support within the Dudley Community

Phase Trust supports children aged 11 and under, who have experienced loss

Contact Phase Trust:

Tel: 0121 585 9419  

Website: phasetrust.org.uk

https://lets-get.com/ Supporting you to make healthy lifestyle changes