Age UK Dacorum now offers a free bereavement & Covid-19 support telephone service. This provides a local support network for those who need emotional and practical help with:
• Grief through bereavement
• Grief through hardship
• Guidance and support for those living with dementia, low level memory loss and cognitive impairment
• Support for carers
• Coping with loss due to the pandemic
• Isolation & loneliness
When someone dies, particularly someone close to us, it can be devastating and life changing. Grief is often conflicting and can bring an overwhelming mixture of emotions. Understanding these emotions can be difficult.
Our listening support service gives you the opportunity to talk to someone, express your feelings and be given guidance. Turning to a listening ear can provide a helpful and meaningful pathway towards getting the right support.
Many practical problems can bring upon emotional distress. Knowing how to channel these concerns into the right support can bring relief and help you discover new coping strategies.
The coronavirus pandemic has brought new challenges:
• Coping with the effects of the pandemic
• Trying to support someone at the end of their life
• Experiencing the death of someone important to them
At present, the Bereavement and Covid-19 Support Service is a telephone service due to social distancing restrictions. In the future, we hope to provide one-to-one consultations and group sessions in a local venue.
Telephone Support Service
Available between 10 am to 12 noon
• Monday • Tuesday • Wednesday
Please call our direct line on 01442 507880 to use the service.
For further information please contact Sue Beardshaw:
Publications and information
Coping with loss can be extremely hard and you may find that you’re dealing with lots of different feelings, finding it hard to process them all.
When someone dies there are many things to do, often at a time of great personal distress when we feel least able to manage.
Things you can do to look after your mental wellbeing, as well as steps you can take if you think you need some help.
Although bereavement is a highly personal event, there are recognisable reactions and emotions many of us experience when someone close to us dies.
Further information and support
Coping with bereavement and coronavirus
Supporting someone at the end of their life or coping with the death of someone important to you is never easy. But, for many people, the coronavirus pandemic is making things even harder.
Bereavement advice and support during coronavirus - NHS
Read advice from the NHS
Bereavement - Mind
Provides information on bereavement, where to go for support, and suggestions for helping yourself and others through grief.