Supporting people after sudden death including COVID-19

COVID-19 bereavement

covid 19 bereavement logoIf you have been bereaved by COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), or if you are caring for someone who has, these pages are for you. Looking after yourself, whether you are bereaved or a carer, is of the utmost importance and will help you to cope at this very challenging time. Use the links below for help, or read on for general information about COVID-19 bereavement. You can also call the Sudden Helpline for emotional and practical support.

COVID-19 bereavement - if you have been bereaved 

COVID-19 bereavement - if you are caring for a bereaved person 

COVID-19 bereavement - advice on memorialising when gatherings are restricted  

COVID-19 bereavement - helpline 

COVID-19 bereavement is a challenging bereavement

A bereavement from COVID-19 is likely to be a very challenging kind of bereavement for most people.

Because it is a challenging kind of bereavement, it is really important that people bereaved by COVID-19 are cared for and receive support, especially in the first days and weeks following their bereavement.

We know, from research, that early self-care, care from people immediately around us, and care from others too, can mean that it is easier, over time, to make a recovery, with good mental health.

We know, from the same research, that without early care, traumatically bereaved people are more likely to develop life-impairing illnesses such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

A death from COVID-19 means:

  • little time to prepare for a loved one’s death, following a period of illness that they suffered
  • no time spent with a loved one before they died, due to infection risk
  • inability to say goodbye after death during this time of pandemic, when normal gatherings are not possible safely
  • people are grieving while often separated from loved ones who are also grieving but in other locations, as people are not moving around
  • many practical challenges, for example if the person bereaved was previously receiving care from someone who died, or they have responsibilities to care for others or to continue working
  • coping with a shocking bereavement at a time when the bereaved person, or others in their circle of family and friends, may also be ill with COVID-19.

COVID-19 bereavement - if you have been bereaved 

COVID-19 bereavement - if you are caring for a bereaved person 

COVID-19 bereavement - advice on memorialising when gatherings are restricted  

COVID-19 bereavement - helpline

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