Information For Families Affected By Covid-19

We invite all family members of those lost to Covid-19 to join our campaign. You can access our private Facebook group for family members here:
Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice UK

If you don’t use Facebook and would like to join the group, we’re currently working on a way for people to register outside of Facebook. For now, please email us on covidfamiliesforjusticeuk@gmail.com and we will add you to our members mailing list.

We hope that you will find some comfort and strength in being a part of our group and sharing your experiences with others who have been through similar.

Support for bereaved families

The below list includes a number of resources for those who have experienced a bereavement:

Cruse Bereavement are a specialist bereavement support organisation which also runs a helpline:
https://www.cruse.org.uk/

The Loss Foundation are running online support groups for those experiencing loss to Covid-19:
https://thelossfoundation.org/

NHS guidance on bereavement including how to access support through your GP:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/coping-with-bereavement/

National Bereavement Partnership Covid-19 Hub provide a helpline for all individuals seeking information, advice and support. The helpline is open 7am – 10pm, seven days a week. Contact can be made phone, SMS, emails and chatrooms:
https://www.nationalbereavementpartnership.org/

Samaritans offer a 24-hour helpline for anyone who’s in distress:
https://www.samaritans.org/

Grief Encounter support children and young people who have experienced a bereavement:
https://www.griefencounter.org.uk/

Let’s Talk About Loss support people aged from 18 to 35:
https://letstalkaboutloss.org/

Widowed and Young support those who have lost a partner aged 50 or under:
https://www.widowedandyoung.org.uk/

AtaLoss.org provides the UK’s signposting website for the bereaved, a library of resources and access to GriefChat – an online webchat service available 9am to 9pm Monday to Friday:
https://www.ataloss.org/

Sudden offer general information about Covid-19 bereavement and a bereavement helpline, open 10am – 4pm Monday – Friday: https://sudden.org/covid-19-bereavement/

There have also been a number of Facebook groups set up specifically for families bereaved by Covid-19 to share their experiences and support one another, including some managed by members of this group:

There’s a really comprehensive list of bereavement support organisations here:
https://www.careforthefamily.org.uk/family-life/bereavement-support/supporting-bereaved-people/further-help

The government has provided a page with information on practical and financial support which is available to those who have been bereaved:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-help-and-support-if-someone-dies

Citizens Advice also offers information on how to access bereavement benefits:
https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/claiming-bereavement-support-payment/

An organisation called Inquest have produced a useful guide to what to expect through the inquest and investigation process for anyone who decides to go down that route:
https://www.inquest.org.uk/useful-resources

Help Us Add To This List

If anyone is aware of other services and support which has been helpful to them please let us know so that we can add to the list.

You can contact us on covidfamiliesforjusticeuk@gmail.com and follow our campaigns on Twitter @CovidJusticeUK and Facebook