North East Lincolnshire Council

Support through bereavement

Grieving is a natural part of bereavement. There is no right way to grieve and dealing with grief during isolation may intensify feelings.
Reaching out to friends and family can be one of the most helpful ways to cope when someone close to us passes away.

There are also helplines and websites that you can use to get support and find information to help yourself or someone else going through bereavement.

 

However you are feeling is okay but if you start to feel depressed, alone, very angry or anxious there’s a lot you can do to understand the way you’re feeling and start feeling better.

It’s not always easy to notice when your emotions are getting the better of you and when you should get support.

If your feelings are getting in the way of everyday life such as enjoying your usual activities, wanting to speak to friends and family, or taking care of responsibilities like work and personal hygiene use the resources below.

  • Find useful mental health information at mind.org.uk or call North East Lincolnshire MIND on 01472 349991
  • For local mental health support call the Single Point of Access (SPA) at any time of the day or night on (01472) 256256, option 3. Visit navigocare.co.uk for more information

Youth Mental Health

  • Find useful information for mental health and emotional wellbeing for young people on youngminds.co.uk
  • Kooth.com offers safe, anonymous online counselling for young people
  • If you’re 11-19 years old you can text your school nurse on 07507 331620 for confidential advice and support
  • For children and young people’s mental health, call Young Minds Matter 01472 626100, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Outside of these hours, call the Single Point of Access on (01472) 256256

If you cannot attend the funeral there are many ways you can remember and mourn for your loved one.

  • Send a condolence card
  • Have pictures or letters put in the coffin
  • Request that the funeral service be recorded so you can watch it online afterwards
  • Light a candle in front of a photograph of your loved one at the same time as the funeral service
  • Connect with each other with a video conferencing app after the service to share stories and offer your thoughts and prayers

For UK Government information to help bereaved families, friends and next of kin make important decisions since COVID-19 visit www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-the-bereaved/

For more information on bereavement services in North East Lincolnshire visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/bereavement-services/

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