People can feel many different things in response to death. There are no right or wrong feelings. Here is some practical advice:
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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for a call back.
TalkingSpace Plus: Talking therapies for adults experiencing depression or anxiety. 1:1 support by phone or access to online resources following telephone assessment. Self-referral via 01865 901 222 or https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/talkingspaceplus/
Coping with the Coronavirus: Bereavement: Oxford Health leaflet
available online at https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/news/coronavirus-and-your-mental-wellbeing/
How to Help… A Bereavement Support Guide: Age UK Oxfordshire www.ageuk.org.uk/oxfordshire/our-services/late-spring/
The Oxfordshire Bereavement Guide: Oxfordshire County Council guide
and practical advice: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/sites/default/files/file/birth-death-marriage/BereavementGuide.pdf
NHS: advice on bereavement http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/coping-with-bereavement/
Mind – information on bereavement http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/guides-to-support-and-services/bereavement/about-bereavement/
National Bereavement Partnership COVID-19 Hub: 0800 448 0800 (7am– 10pm, every day) or email@example.com
Cruse Bereavement National Helpline: 0808 808 1677 (9.30am – 5pm Monday – Friday, and until 8pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) or firstname.lastname@example.org
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).
UK government guidance: information about what to do when
someone has died www.gov.uk/after-a-death
National Association of Funeral Directors: information about funerals
during the pandemic nafdcovid19.org.uk/advice-for-the-public/
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.
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 www.sobellhouse.org/bereavement-support
Katharine House Bereavement Service: Support for relatives and friends of Katharine House patients. Call 01295 811 866 or visit www.khh.org.uk/bereavement-services
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 www.uksobs.org (9am – 9pm Monday to Friday).
Support after Suicide Partnership: Help is at hand guide online supportaftersuicide.org.uk
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