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Support during your bereavement journey

People can feel many different things in response to death. There are no right or wrong feelings. Here is some practical advice:

  • Do talk about your loss with others or write your thoughts down in a diary if this is helpful.
  • Most people experience different feelings at different times and these can change quite suddenly. Allow yourself to experience and express your emotions.
  • Children do not understand death in the same way as adults, and they respond differently. They may show their grief in their behaviour rather than in words.
  • Both adults and children will benefit from keeping to healthy routines of sleep, eating, and exercise as much as possible.

It can take a long time to feel more normal after bereavement. However sometimes the normal emotions of bereavement can go on to develop into depression. If, after some time, you are still experiencing poor sleep and appetite, unchanging low mood, or feeling that life is not worth living, then it may be a good idea to see your doctor or consider referring yourself to our service here.

Key Local Support

CRUSE Bereavement Care, Oxfordshire: Bereavement support for all adults from trained volunteers via telephone and video calls. Call 01865 245398 (10am -1pm weekdays) or email

SeeSaw, Grief Support for Children and Young People in Oxfordshire: Support for children and young people (aged 18 and under) by telephone and email. Families can email for a call back.

TalkingSpace Plus: Talking therapies for adults experiencing depression or anxiety. Following a telephone assessment we offer treatment options within our services (click here to find out more), or onward referrals and signposting to other organisations if a different team/service would be best suited to support your needs. Self-referral via 01865 901 222 or

Coping with the Coronavirus: Bereavement: Oxford Health leaflet
available online at 

How to Help… A Bereavement Support Guide: Age UK Oxfordshire

The Oxfordshire Bereavement Guide: Oxfordshire County Council guide
and practical advice:

Online resources

Coronavirus bereavement information and resources.

resources for children and families who have been bereaved.

Coronavirus bereavement resources.:

Sue Ryder – information and online counselling service for adults.


National Bereavement Partnership COVID-19 Hub: 0800 448 0800 (7am– 10pm, every day) or

Cruse Bereavement National Helpline: 0808 808 1677 (9.30am – 5pm Monday – Friday, and until 8pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) or

Winston’s Wish Helpline: 08088 020 021 (9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday) for children, young people and anyone caring for a child or young person who has been bereaved.

Oxfordshire Mental Health Helpline: 01865 904997 for adults, or 01865 904998 for children and young people (both open 24 hours every day).

Samaritans: 116 123 – confidential listening service (open 24 hours every
day) or email for a response within 24 hours.

Practical advice on what happens after someone dies

UK government guidance: information about what to do when
someone has died

National Association of Funeral Directors: information about funerals
during the pandemic

Faith Groups: All denominations offer support to all those who have
been bereaved through their pastoral care systems. To access your local
faith group contact the vicar, priest, Imam, Rabbi or other faith leader.

For people bereaved due to life limiting illness

Marie Curie Telephone Bereavement Support: Regular bereavement support sessions with a trained volunteer for up to six 45 minute telephone sessions. Call 0800 090 2309

Sobell Bereavement Service: Support for relatives and friends of Sobell patients and anyone who has received hospice care. Call 01865 225 878 or visit

Katharine House Bereavement Service: Support for relatives and friends of Katharine House patients. Call 01295 811 866 or visit

Sue Ryder Bereavement Service: Support for relatives and friends of Sue Ryder patients. Call 01491 641 384 or email

For people affected by the death of a baby

SANDS: Helpline available on 0808 164 3332 (9.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am to 9.30pm Tuesday and Thursday) or

For people affected by the death of a child

The Compassionate Friends: Helpline 0345 123 2304 (10am – 4pm & 7pm– 10pm every day) or visit

For people bereaved by suicide

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide: Gives callers a chance to talk confidentially with someone who has experienced bereavement by suicide. Helpline: 0300 111 5065 or (9am – 9pm Monday to Friday).

Support after Suicide Partnership: Help is at hand guide online


Click here for a downloadable leaflet on all of the above services and resources.

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