Bereavement Support in Morecambe Bay

The death of a loved one can be among the most difficult moments that any of us will face in our lives, and it often falls on those closest to the deceased and grieving the most to organise the funeral.

The government have produced a leaflet which shares important information to help bereaved families, friends or next of kin make important decisions during this national emergency and guides you to the extra help and support that is available. www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-the-bereaved

Across Morecambe Bay there are many organisations that offer bereavement support and it is important that following a death we are able to signpost and guide people for appropriate help.  

Most people who experience loss will only require low level support, which involves providing people with information on the grieving process, practical help with tasks, and social support. Family, friends, and colleagues will provide much of this support. For those offering support, this is a time of “watchful waiting;” active listening; reminding people that grief is normal; exploring the emotions they may feel, the person’s thoughts about that and how everyday behaviour or skills might be affected. This level of support will also include community groups, churches and religious and spiritual organizations (all faiths and none), hospital and hospice bereavement teams, online forums and national support.

We have listed information about the options available to enable you to get additional support which you can access by using the drop down boxes 

 

Organisations Offering Bereavement Support in Morecambe Bay

Age UK Lancashire : www.ageuk.org.uk/lancashire/about-us/news/bereavement-support/

Amparo support following suicide (Lancashire): Tel. 0330 088 9255 listening-ear.co.uk/amparo/

At a Loss: The UK's signposting website for the bereaved www.ataloss.org/

Child Bereavement UK: Includes online support including Live Chat via the website Tel. 0800 02 888 40 www.childbereavementuk.org/

Churches together in Cumbria (CTiC): Signposting to a church or minister www.churchestogethercumbria.org.uk 

Churches Together Lancaster: Signposting to a church or minister across North Lancashire This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
 

Cruse Bereavement Care: Tel. 0808 808 1677 www.cruse.org.uk/
 
Cruse Bereavement Care Cumbria: Tel: 0300 600 3434 www.crusecumbria.org.uk
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Cruse Bereavement Care Lancashire: Tel. 01772 433645 www.cruselancashire.org.uk/
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Dying Matterswww.dyingmatters.org/

Every Life Matters (Cumbria): Support for people bereaved by suicide: www.every-life-matters.org.uk/affected-by-suicide/

Grief Chat: Tel. 01524 782910 www.griefchat.co.uk/contact-grief-chat/

Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbriawww.healthierlsc.co.uk/suicide/bereaved-suicide

Interfaith and Multifaithwww.interfaith.org.uk/

Kooth: Offers emotional and mental health support for children and young people aged between 11 – 24 years and is available up to 10pm every day online
https://www.kooth.com/

Marie Curie: Tel. 0800 090 2309 www.mariecurie.org.uk/

National Bereavement Alliance: nationalbereavementalliance.org.uk/

National Bereavement Partnership: Tel. 0800 448 0800 undefined

NHS Bereavement Helpline: Tel. 0800 2600 400  www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/bereavement-advice-and-support/  

From 10th August, the bereavement support service, Sudden  www.suddendeath.org/ have taken over running the NHS Bereavement Helpline.

Sudden is a not-for-profit service hosted by the support charity, Brake. The helpline number will remain the same (0800 2600 400) but Sudden’s service will take and have responsibility for all calls to the number going forward, offering up to ten weeks of phone-based support from day one.

Samaritans: Tel. 116 123 free from any phone 0330 094 5717 local call charges apply https://www.samaritans.org/

Sands: Support for anyone affected by the death of a baby Tel. 0808 164 3332 https://www.sands.org.uk/

School Resourceslocaloffer.cumbria.gov.uk/kb5/cumbria/fsd/advice.page?id=2imoH2hBqTs

www.lancashire.gov.uk/media/916175/eps-bereavement-and-loss-covid-19.pdf

St John’s Hospice: Tel. 01524382538 www.sjhospice.org.uk/bereavement-support/

St Mary’s Hospice: Tel. 01229 580305 www.stmaryshospice.org.uk/our-care/for-families/bereavement-support/

Suicide Bereavement Support Cumbria: Tel. 07572 975 721 or 07896 703 757  www.sbs.org.uk/

Suicide Bereavement UK: Tel 01706 827 359 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.https://suicidebereavementuk.com/immediate-support-resources/

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide: Tel. 0300 111 5065 uksobs.org/

The Good Grief Trustwww.thegoodgrieftrust.org/

University Hospitals of  Morecambe Bay: Tel. 01524 512406 www.uhmb.nhs.uk/our-services/services/bereavement

Way Widowed and Young: For people aged 50 or under when their partner died: www.widowedandyoung.org.uk/

Winstons Wish: Tel. 08088 021 www.winstonswish.org/about-us/

Bereavement and the Coronavirus

The following is a list of nationally produced online information which families and carers can be signposted to during the Covid-19 outbreak about grief, funerals and support in exceptional times.

Child Bereavement UK: www.childbereavementuk.org/coronavirus-supporting-children

Compassion in Dying: helping people prepare for the end of life. How to talk about it, plan for it, and record your wishes Tel: 0800 999 2434 coronavirus.compassionindying.org.uk/making-decisions-about-treatment/

Cruse Bereavement Care: www.cruse.org.uk/get-help/coronavirus-dealing-bereavement-and-grief

Books for children: www.cruse.org.uk/about-cruse/publications/recommended-books/books-for-children

Dying Matters: aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life. www.dyingmatters.org/page/updated-resources

Faith Action: www.faithaction.net/campaigns/coronavirus/

Humanist UK: humanism.org.uk/2020/04/20/humanists-uk-welcomes-updated-guidance-on-funerals-during-the-pandemic/

Interfaith and Multifaith: www.interfaith.org.uk/news/covid-19

Irish Hospice Foundation: hospicefoundation.ie/bereavement-2-2/covid19-care-and-inform/

Marie Curie: www.mariecurie.org.uk/help/support/coronavirus

National Bereavement Alliance: nationalbereavementalliance.org.uk/covid-19/

nationalbereavementalliance.org.uk/keeping-in-touch-when-someone-is-seriously-ill/

Network Health: Network for Pastoral, Spiritual & Religious Care in Health

Oxford Health: Coping with the Coronavirus - Bereavement (one of a series about Coronavirus and mental health): www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/OH-008.20-Coronavirus-and-bereavement-Local-v2.pdf

Quaker Social Action Organising a meaningful funeral when people cannot attend: quakersocialaction.org.uk/we-can-help/helping-funerals/down-earth/information-and-guidance/coronavirus-organising-meaningful

School Resources: localoffer.cumbria.gov.uk/kb5/cumbria/fsd/advice.page?id=2imoH2hBqTs

www.lancashire.gov.uk/media/916175/eps-bereavement-and-loss-covid-19.pdf

St John’s Hospice: Specific coronavirus support for families not know to the hospice: www.sjhospice.org.uk/coronavirus-bereavement

Way Widowed and Young: a national charity in the UK for people aged 50 or under when their partner died: www.widowedandyoung.org.uk/news/offering-support-through-the-coronavirus-outbreak/

Mental Health & Wellbeing during Covid-19: www.every-life-matters.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/ELM006-COVID-19-public-info-a5-booklet-AW-online-1.pdf

 

These lists are not exhaustive and we are not endorsing or approving any specific organisation.

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You can find information about services available in Cumbria by accessing the North Cumbria CCG website.

Suicide Bereavement UK

Dr. Sharon McDonnell, Managing Director of Suicide Bereavement UK and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester and Shirley Smith Founder of If U Care Share Foundation and member of Support After Suicide Partnership were interviewed by BBC News about the launch of the report, entitled ‘’From Grief to Hope: The Collective Voice of Those Bereaved or Affected by Suicide in the UK (18th November, 2020). 

Link to BBC recording: https://youtu.be/me2bM_EGthU 

Link to the national suicide bereavement report: https://suicidebereavementuk.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/From-Grief-to-Hope-Report.pdf

Link to key resources for those bereaved or affected by suicide:  https://suicidebereavementuk.com/key-resources/